Archive for January 2007

You must become just like a child…

January 31, 2007

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. when Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10: 12-16)

So, would you tell me what it is about children that would have Jesus say this? I have been thinking about all kinds of attributes of children in an attempt to logically decipher this statement. What is a little child like? Noisy, shy, happy, curious, whiny, demanding, trusting, silly, bold, needy, adventurous, amusing, frank, wide open? Perhaps gullible, faith-filled, stubborn, willing, hungry.

We went to Winco last night. As I crossed the bridge entering into Mac, I thought of Victor again, although I said nothing to the girls. As we were making the right turn past Arbys and toward Winco, Becky said, “I hope Victor found a home”.

I replied, “Beck, there are a lot of people like Victor who don’t have homes. They travel around looking for places to be”.

She said, “I hope he is ok”.

“So do I, Honey, so do I”.

What is it again about little children? They have good memories, they care for others, they want answers.

Somehow the second chapter of Palmer’s The Courage to Teach is connected to this thought and I hope to reflect on that to a greater extent over the next several days.