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"Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." --Matthew 18:3-4
I've always been fascinated with this passage of scripture. I sometimes think I've been blessed with 9 children so I have plenty of reminders of this! But it causes me to think about how I can become like a child. Jesus mentions humility. Most of us are done right there! How difficult being humble is these days. We live in a world where humility is discouraged. We're taught to be just the opposite. Maybe not literally, but certainly through some of the examples we have in our lives.
Children are full of faith and belief. Just picture a child on Christmas Eve. Think about your own past Christmas Eve's when you were a child. Weren't you filled with belief and excitement? There was something you wanted and you expected it, didn't you? Most of the time you got it too. Jesus is calling us to be faithful.
How easy it all sounds. Our whole life we're told to "Grow up already!" We have to be mature and accept responsibility for our actions. Get a job, work hard, support your family and pay your bills. Jesus is telling us, "Be humble. Enjoy life. Find beauty in simple things. Look at this beautiful world full of nature that I created just for you! Don't worry. Trust me. Spend time with me. Play. Love one another. Have faith. Dream. Expect great things. Believe!"
Where have we gone wrong? Is it possible to live as an adult and become like little children?