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Inspiration

By Charles Towne

Imagine that you have a little girl. She is three years old, and adorable… an absolute joy, the apple of your eye, a precious gift from God.

One day you are sitting in your favorite chair reading a book, and as you read you get a strange feeling that someone is watching you. You glance up, and there is your little girl standing in front of you. She is smiling as she stands there staring at you.

She moves closer.

You pretend to ignore her.

How can you do that? Are you a heartless brute?

She stands there holding her favorite doll in one little hand, and then she reaches out and puts her free hand on your knee.

How can you resist that smile? Yes, go ahead. Admit it, You are a heartless brute!

She whispers, “Daddy.”

You continue to ignore her. You are worse than a brute.

She bends down so she is able to look up from under your book into your face.

You continue to ignore her.

She continues to stand there… but slowly that cute little smile, that smile that you love so much, begins to fade, and it is replaced by a scowl. She lays her doll in your lap and begins to make faces at you.

How can you ignore her?

She sticks two fingers in her nose and squinches up her eyes as she continues to look up into your face. Then she sticks out her tongue at you, and believe it or not, she makes a little fist and frowning – and with all the angst and frustration she can muster – she strikes your book! Yes she did, she actually struck your book!

And then she exclaims in her little girl voice, “Daddy, do you love your book more than you love me?”

Well, you might be a brute but you aren’t dead!

You lay your book down, pick your precious little girl up, and spent the next hour assuring
her of your love as that beautiful little smile returns to her face.

You know, Papa God never plays games with you like that, and I am sure you wouldn’t either. And He doesn’t ignore you, or pretend that He doesn’t see you, because He loves you so very much, and He is smiling at you right now. Yes, He loves you more than you can imagine, and lot more than any old book!


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

24 COMMENTS

    • Dear Diana, I thank you for your comment. May you and yours be blessed far beyond your greatest expectations is my prayer. I look forward to the day when we can sit down over a cuppa joe and reason together, sincerely, your friend, Chaz

  1. Dear NH, the great joy and peace that He blesses us with is so far beyond anything we can comprehend, but in the embracing that you speak of comes the understanding doesn’t it? Bless you, Chaz

  2. Being a little girl, once upon a time, makes it easy for me to imagine the scene. I am very glad that as we grow up we realize that parents are human, too, and must be allowed some grace to grow as well. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father Loves us all in every stage of growth. Life in this world would be unbearable without that truth. Thank you for sharing the many pictures of His love and grace.

  3. Looks like your work was noticed by someone that could easily work for CNN, MSNBC or the NYT. As I have said before, your articles makes me smile on Sunday mornings but today I couldn’t help but shake my head when I got to the comments. Keep on writing for the majority of us who look forward to your Christian truth.

  4. Another great one Chuck! Good illustration, we try all sorts of stupid, self serving actions trying to get attention. I noticed the little girl did not do too well until she actually spoke to him! I think it is also interesting that for some people, if they don’t like or agree with something, it becomes propaganda, if they like it or is then called truth or “reality”!

  5. Ahh Richard, well spoken and well said. Some of us, not knowing the truth of the matter, speak from fear, but, once the fear is dispelled love is possibly the end result. May our Holy friend bless us each with a special portion of His grace and abundant love. Chaz

  6. Another nice story, Charles … When something involve a child or children everything turns positive and always Beautiful … Children are Energy in all senses.
    We were …
    GOD Bless You Charles and keep writing and Motivated

  7. Chuck, I am glad our Heavenly Father allowed me to keep my two little girls, 4 & 6 years old, after my first wife left me for her boy-friend. Now they are 62 & 64 years old and I live on their 12 acre farm! They both love the Lord and they continually make their Papa proud. God is good!

  8. Don, I have a pretty good idea that you set a good example for your little ones. What is that old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree? God bless you my friend, Chaz

  9. I loved the story, but enjoyed your response to Diana more. The scriptures explain the root cause of her comment.
    “ The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Cor 2:14

  10. EdG, When I first read her comment the hackles rose up on the back of my neck so I prayed about it and put off answering until the next morning. You have heard that old saying about “catching more lies with hone than you ever would with vinegar.” Just maybe Mrs. Towne’s title boy is learning after all? You reckon? Bless you my friend, Chaz

  11. Just had another thought Chuck, no matter how nice we try to be, most children will be even nicer and no matter how kind we are, German children will always be kinder!

    • Concerning Diana, She seems not to realize that ANY interaction of a father and daughter must, by definition, be patriarchal!
      Other than that, I feel that something in her past has wounded her deeply to cause so much anger in her heart. I think we should pray that Papa God sends His Spirit to heal whatever is troubling her, I truly hope she finds peace!

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