Go Johnny! Run amuck! - within reason (Ecclesiastes 11:9)

"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment." - Ecclesiastes 11:9

One of my favorite phrases for a child is "Go Johnny (er insert name here)! Run amuck!" There is definitely something special about childhood and the desires you have as a youth. I didn't have a TV until I was 11 years old and even then it didn't really work and was a 5inch black and white. So I spent most of my days outside with my brother.

Some of the clearest memories I have are things like catching ants and grasshoppers and feeding them to wolf spiders. Pitting red ants against black ants in our back yard. Climbing the trees around my house and shooting home made arrows out of home made bows at my brother. I remember skating down a hill as fast as I could and then jumping onto my knees and wrists because I was fully padded and sliding all the way down the hill. Sledding and skipping and eating and throwing footballs you name it. I had a fantastic childhood. I want my children to have to have the same.

I love this verse because it seems like the Lord recognizing our youthful bliss and simple passions. He even tells us to walk according to our heart and sight. Now you could tell this to a 7 year old, but not to a 17 year old man which is the reason for the last part of the verse. We should chase the desires of our heart, but not unbridled, after all we will face judgement.

Hence my translation, "Go Johnny! Run amuck! (Within reason)."