Say the Darndest Things
By: Ayren Jackson-Cannady
“Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” –Psalms 3:2
There are Terrible 2’s, Threenagers, and–I’m coining a new one–Fourprenuers. I have a Fourprenuer. Fourpreneurs are four-year-olds who have an answer for everything. No, like, EVERYTHING. Dining room chair is wobbly? “Let me get my plastic wrench and fix it (it’ll just take a minute).” Sister is crying? “She probably wants a cracker and some milk. And then, a nap. She needs a 10 hour nap.” African violet won’t grow? “Give it a kiss every morning and it will grow.”
Kids say the darndest things, don’t they?
I’d just come out of the grocery store with three overstuffed bags, weighing one arm down and a 9-month old weighing the other arm down. The grocery store receipt (which I didn’t care much about) was dangling from my mouth. My Fourpreneur decided to leap off of the escalator stairs and run out of the store (Fourpreneurs are also very compulsive). Just as he reached the end of the sidewalk and the beginning of the busy street I yelled, “STOOOOP!” He froze and the receipt flew out of my mouth, flitting and fluttering away with the wind. It perched itself on an apartment balcony above the store.
“Mama, want me to fly up there and get the receipt for you?”
“Ummm, you can fly?”
“Yes. You didn’t know that?”
“Nope. Didn’t know that. But, look, my arms hurt. I have to put these groceries in the car. Besides, I don’t really need the receipt…”
“I’m a fast flyer. I practice all the time. I’m strong so I can just run and lift my arms. What I do is kind of like Superman and a rocket combined. Like, BOOM! Want to see?”
I put the bags down and hoisted the baby up. We had to see this.
The Fourpreneur counted as he slowly walked backwards. “1…2…3..4..5..6…7..9…11…”
And then he ran. He ran as fast as he could towards us and the balcony we were standing under. Before he got to us, he threw his arms in front of him and jumped with all of his might.
The Fourpreneur didn’t fly that day, but through his rock solid conviction he made me believe that he could. And, as far as jumps go, it was by far his furthest leap off the ground EVER. Plus, he still thought he had flown. “The rocket power blaster just needs a reboot. Maybe some apple juice will help.”
Fourpreneurs are experts in basically everything. But, more than just being pint size know-it-alls, Fourpreneurs are unique in that for them every challenge has a simple (in their minds) solution and always a positive outcome. Wow! If only we could all think and speak like that. What if every word out of our mouths came from a positive place, rather than one of put-down? What if we truly believed that God made us in his image, which means there are no restrictions to what we are capable of? The thing is, we probably did think like that…[fill in the blank] years ago, when we were four. And here’s the news flash: There’s no reason we can’t still have that mindset as grown-ups. It’s the mindset that we need if we plan to rise above any hurdle.
My challenge to you is to say something “crazy.” Go on…say that one thing that you don’t think is possible. Say it like it has already happened (i.e. “I can fly”). Believe it. Pray on it. Tell people about it. And then watch it happen. Who is the Fourprenuer now?
Ayren is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to various publications and websites, including Redtricycle.com, the New York Times, Real Simple, WebMD.com and Glamour. She loves soy lattes, DIY manicures and exploring the District. Ayren, who attends the Kingstowne campus of Capital City Church, lives in Arlington, Va. with her husband John and their two hilarious kids. Follow her on Instagram @ayrenjc.
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