Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kids Say the Darndest Things


"I promise you that you cannot get into God's kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does." (Mark 10:15, CEV)

This school year, Charlie has taken to riding his bike to school whenever he can. In order to do so, he must cross a very busy road where drivers are often speeding and inattentive. Now you can imagine what that does to the nerves of a mother like me, who envisions her son with hemophilia having a close encounter of the traumatic kind with one of those cars!

One day as he was leaving, I patted him on the head and said, "Don't forget your helmet! And for heaven's sake, watch out for those crazy drivers!" In turn, he shocked me with his reply, "You know, Mom, sometimes I think you just need to chill-out and remember Who's riding with me!"

A few weeks later, we were driving in the car with the radio on. Never thinking that he was listening to the news I had on, he again surprised me with his input regarding the recent panic of finding enough Swine Flu vaccine. "Why are all these people so worried?", he said. "Don't they know that Jesus is going to take care of them?"

We work so hard as parents trying to instill sound values in our young children. And it's rewarding when we see that they've grasped what we're trying to teach them. But I often wonder if WE actually believe what we're attempting to ingrain in them!

Jesus told us that unless we have faith like a child, we won't enter the kingdom of heaven, so we'd better get it right! What are the characteristics that identify that child-like faith? To start, there is just this unspoken assumption by the student that the Teacher knows more than they! There is also just this intuition that the Teacher has the student's best interest at heart. A comfortable trust exists between the two, eliminating debate, doubt and questioning over whether the Teacher really knows what they're talking about. In addition, once the student learns the concept, they go on with it incorporated into their life. There's no obsessive worry, no forgetting what was learned, no "what ifs". The child has faith that things are the way they were taught they are, and they don't give it a second thought. Finally, there's this joyful confidence that shrinks anything that might challenge that faith. The student knows that what the Teacher taught is true despite initial appearances, and that the truth will prevail in the end.

Oh, what a model for we adults who have become polluted by the world around us! Imagine the better life both here and in eternity Jesus holds out for us, if we would just have that faith like our children! We would not walk through our days imprisoned by fear and worry. We would not find ourselves tortured by doubt. We would not waste so much of our time on "what if" or "maybe not". We could shrink the volume of our lives that our troubles take up, and go on enjoying the blessings of each day. We could walk in confidence instead of perpetual defeat.

We have the power to make that choice in each of our lives! Don't give the devil a foothold by giving into the silly thoughts of "Did God really say..."! Determine, God said it! I believe it! That settles it! And walk with the freedom and hope of a child!

*SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES wants YOUR stories! Do you have a story of faith from one of your children like Charlie's? Share it with us by e-mailing barb@snappin.org!

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