2017-09-13 - Little Children
When I was a kid I adored my birthday. The leaves were changing, there was crispness in the air, the Steeler football season had just started, and right before Halloween came my birthday. Now some might have thought the holiday might ruin it, but seriously I don’t understand how that was possible. We would have a party at school during the week, sometime followed by trick or treating to get a load of candy from our neighbors. It was as if the entire community at large was helping this chocoholic celebrate her birthday. It was so fantastic, because when we went out, I even got the chance to be creative with a costume - pretending to be someone else altogether - yet still got what I thought of as a birthday present, multiplied by at least twenty compared to the amount of candy I was normally allowed to have at any given time. It was all about perspective. I now spend lots of time trying to channel my inner-child perspective, when life as a grown up exhausts me. And just a side note, but I am so grateful my parents encouraged and allowed me to be a child as long as I was able, so I would have it to look back on, when days are a little too grownup for me. I certainly had no idea how much of a gift that would be, until much later.
A little childlike perspective can go a long way to pleasing God, too. I remember a few times, me asking a question of my mother that had her respond this way “well, I didn’t spring full-grown from my mother’s forehead, you know!” While it refers to starting as a baby, I think Mom also meant that she had to gain wisdom gradually, and didn’t start off with it. God starts off with it, clearly. God’s plan is perfect, and his order of things is just as he wants it - and in this case - it’s the fact we begin with a teachable trusting nature, much like is the case with healthy relationships between parents and children. After knowing Jesus and asking him into our heart, we have that same childlike desire to learn, understand and please him. From time to time, as we continue through life that can weigh us down, we need to channel the unfeigned version of ourselves that is more interested in his will and not our own. The results are astoundingly rewarding.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.