Sunday, August 11, 2013

Being a Child

This is not really a complete post. Just some musings. . . 

"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." 
(2 Timothy 2:22)

"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." (Luke 18:17)

The difference between childlike and childish? Childish is selfishness. Childlike is joy.

Childish sees only the smallness of things. Childlike sees everything life-size, real-time, big and wonderful - larger than life.

Childish cannot laugh at itself. Childlike sees hilarity and laughs boldly.

Children see wonder in ordinary. They see wonder in monotony. Do it again. They are not tired out from living.

Adults are often childish. But rarely childlike. That's a tragedy of growing up. We lose the awe. But we don't have to. We need to grow out of being foolish, but not out of being impulsive. It's only when an impulse is foolish, that we should try to stifle it.

Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to those whose hearts are childlike. Make beauty. Laugh at yourself. (Sometimes you are a joke. Embrace that.) Go on adventures. Delight in sameness. Marvel at life.


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