October 23, 2018
Just Be a Kid!
Some of the most rewarding memories I have as a father are when my daughters came to me with a problem. To this day, a call from one of my children for help or guidance evokes a fulfilling sense of urgency, priority, and purpose in me. Protecting, guiding, and helping them, then seeing them turn the corner from stress and fear to hope and confidence becomes my highest priority. Being a catalyst for their safety and joy is such a blessing from God.
Their requests and the opportunity to help them generates a sense of wellbeing in me for a number of reasons. For example: it shows they know I love them and they love me; they trust me and they think I’m capable. As young children, we all believe that our fathers have super-human power to tackle and solve any problem. We believe that our mothers can soothe any pain, comfort every suffering, kiss any boo-boo and make it better than ever. Unfortunately, as we grow up, this make-believe world gradually disintegrates, and for some, in dreadful ways.
But as kids, magical thinking and the willingness to suspend reality allow us to believe the impossible is possible. We think limitations don’t apply to our parents … we think our parents can read our minds … make our dreams come true … protect us from any villain or catastrophe. Parents can get us out of any problem, shut down bullies, comfort us through any storm, and be a sanctuary for every nightmare.
This is the same mindset we need when we prepare to view and take in God … that of a young child … a mind not yet fully contaminated by the world’s hurts, failures, and letdowns. Maybe this is the reason scripture tells us over and again that being “childlike” is such a very important quality. Well, it’s more than important. Jesus even states it is a requirement to enter the kingdom of God.
God, as our supreme Father, loves us beyond our human comprehension. And doesn’t a loving father want only the best for his children? Satan uses our parents and the world’s failures to douse this awesome expectation and belief that God instilled and wants to see in us. God’s ways are mysterious to an adult. But to a child they make perfect sense. And unlike our idealized childhood view of our parents being a fantasy, God truly can deliver all we need and more.
Today, begin receiving the kingdom of God like a little child. Take a confusing or frustrating situation, and suspend your cynicism and distrust. Don’t put God in a box with walls determined by your past hurts, letdowns, or imperfect authority figures. Turn to your Father and ask for His help. Show Him that you love and trust Him. Acknowledge that He loves you. Show child-like adoration, trust, and belief in His superhuman, actually Divine, and omnipotent Strength. Come to Him with expectation. Then see results happen! Whether you enjoy life using childlike trust in your Father or you struggle using adult-like cynicism is your decision, so choose well!
Dear Father, You are such a loving and generous Father. Thank You, Lord. All glory to You, Father. Just as a child turns to his earthly father, I turn to You for love, wisdom, guidance … and especially protection from all things that may bring me harm. I place my trust in You, Father. I trust You completely. I feel safe with You. Help me today and everyday to keep Your truths before me … to keep You before me always. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I may grasp the magnitude of Your love for me. I pray that all those who are part of the Stepping Stones community grasp the enormity of Your love for them, Your children. I pray to You in the sacred name of my Lord and brother, Your Son, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:32
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4