I love to watch children playing as they energetically tumble, stand on their head, and hang upside down from a bar looking at an upside down world. For them, dinner does not have to be a gourmet meal, but they can find delight in the simplicity of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In fact, the less complicated the meal the better they seem to enjoy it. Life is a joy as they eagerly share their discoveries because life has not yet taken on the form of everything being a competition for personal significance and status. For most, they love life engaged with others and enjoy the security of knowing they are loved and cared for. Perhaps I love to watch children and interact with them because I also find contentment in some of those things including (even at my age) tumbling, doing a headstand, viewing the world upside down, and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Though we might consider these things to be childlike, they are by no means childish. Childishness is pouting about not getting one’s own way, whining about unfairness, and being unwilling to rejoice over someone else winning. Unfortunately these are things some adults have not outgrown.
Just as during the days of Jesus there were perspectives that greatness was based on personal efforts, great accomplishment, and societal status gained, so it is today. However, that is upside down compared to what Jesus taught where we read. . .
“(1) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (2) And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them (3) and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (4)Whoever humbles himself like this childis the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-4 ESV)
Let us retain the childlike trust needed to enter and remain in the kingdom of Heaven. Let us also maintain a spirit of one anotherness in how we live life not merely to advance ourselves, but to accept the direction of others and mutually encourage what we do for God together. It is this childlikeness (not childishness) which marks us as a great child of God! May we keep this focus right side up!
Have a great day DEVELOPING THE CHARACTER OF A GREAT CHILD OF GOD!Have a great day DEVELOPING THE CHARACTER OF A GREAT CHILD OF GOD!