At this time of year when we are so focused on making plans to help our children grow and develop, I think it is interesting that Christ challenges us to become like little children. What does that mean? Does that mean it is ok for us to be irresponsible and self-focused as little children? Does that mean it is ok to not want to share or to focus on how “life isn’t fair?” I propose that there are a couple of other child-like qualities that I think Jesus is referring to, that we would do well to adopt during this new school year.
Trusting – A young child is instinctively very trusting of the adults around them. They innocently trust that Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa love them and are going to take care of them and provide them with food and shelter. We would do well to come to our Heavenly Father with the same open and innocent trust. What freedom there is in trusting that God knows best and that nothing enters our lives that hasn’t gone through His hands first! There is no need to worry and fret about the school year ahead. He is right there with you and will equip you to be the teacher your child needs!
Teachable spirit – A young child is naturally curious and wants to learn everything about their world. They ask questions non-stop. What if we let down our “know-it-all” attitude and came to our Father with a hunger and eagerness to learn new truths from Him? Humility is at the foundation of growth. Scripture tells us “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)
As the gift of this new school year approaches, I’d like to encourage you to stop being “so grown up” for a moment and think about how transformational it might be for you to become more like a child this year. Ask the Lord to help you develop the trusting faith of a child and an open teachable spirit. I think you’ll find that it will not only have a huge impact on your relationship with Him, but also with your family and community.
Let’s be kids together this year!
In His service,