Have you ever seen the poster, “All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.” The poster listed things like: Share everything…Don’t hit people…Clean up your own mess…Don’t take things that aren’t yours…When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together…
These basic lessons—that all of us learned, even if we don’t follow them all—are foundational to life in society. So, when I was listening to the radio this past week I stumbled across a song that reminded me of the foundational lessons of Christianity. The title of the song I heard was “I wanna go back”, by David Dunn on his album, “Yellow Balloons”. The lyrics are on an insert in the bulletin this week (but you can find them here). When asked about the song, David said, “This song specifically is me thinking about kids. As adults, myself especially, when we speak about kids we tend to speak in a derogatory way. “Stop acting like a kid” is something we say regularly. In the Bible, Jesus is overwhelmingly positive in His language when He talks about kids. So much so that He encourages us to be more like kids, not less like them.”
In the chorus he says he wants to go back to “Jesus loves me” and “this little light of mine”. The foundation of all of Christianity.
God loves us (John 3:16). Jesus loves us (Galatians 2:20). Love God (Mark 12:29-30). Love others (Romans 13:10). Tell everyone about Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20). Live like Jesus (1 John 2:6).
Simple. Basic. True. This song reminded me that amidst all of the deep things of God—I should never lose sight or lose my grip on these simple truths.