One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them. For the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth anyone who doesn’t receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it”. Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed him. Mark 10:13-16 NLT
Most of us can recall our childhood: As we differ, so do our childhood experiences; for some, it will be sweet, bittersweet, or traumatic. Although we were helpless in choosing how we started in life, we have a choice in how we can live our lives right now.
For those who experienced a less than desirable childhood, God will take away the pain, if you only ask Him to heal you.
He heals the Brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3
This is a wonderful promise from our most loving God, that He will not leave you scarred as the trending school of thought from psychological analysis wants us to believe.
Childhood trait #1- Belief without a doubt.
Young children possess concrete thought processes; they focus on the facts, physical objects, and literal definitions of the here and now.
Never doubt that the Omnipotent God who created our brains and minds can and will heal us without leaving residual scars.
Childhood trait #2-Joyful Excitement
As children hear and focus on the promises made to them, they are filled with bubbly excitement; their smiles and laughter are often combined with physically jumping up and down which is priceless.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. Jeremiah 29:11, 12
Childhood trait #3- Forgiveness
Childhood spats are usually little disagreements that work themselves out because children are loyal and readily forgive. They cherish their friendships and usually do not hold onto grudges unless adult interference escalates the situation. Please note: A spat is not bullying, physical violence, name-calling, or forcefully taking from others which requires immediate adult intervention.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 NLT
Stop holding onto anger which God gave us that particular emotion to become irate over social injustices such as murder, pedophilia, human trafficking, violence, domestic violence, and other heinous crimes. So, if your anger is over something less than these offenses then you are involved in self-destruction. Anger, when cultivated, leads to ungodly and unrighteous thoughts and behaviors.
Childhood trait #4-Humility
The natural unadulterated spirit of a child is humble with a compassionate heart. Children are touched deeply by the hurt and tears of others. We cannot let the actions of bitter individuals or the trendy belief system destroy what God has given to us–love, the extending of grace, and mercy in the form of forgiveness toward our fellow brothers and sisters.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT
We are unable to toss away the blinders of carnality-seeing through sinful eyes unless we become as children from a spiritual perspective. Go ahead and become child-like and possess love, faith, trust, humility, joy, excitement, compassion, and forgiveness.
Childhood trait #5-Laughter
Just thinking about children laughing brings warm fuzzies to my heart. Wasn’t God pleased when He created the world and humanity? If you are a stoic Believer, then you must delve deeper into the Word of God.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit takes away a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 NLT
In spite of trials, tribulations, heartache, and suffering; pray and trust in God, He never fails. We have every reason and opportunity to possess the same bubbly joy as little children. We have an Omnipresent God who will deliver us and bring victory according to his will. There is not one friend, husband, wife, or family member that can make the promises that our Heavenly Father makes to us.
Smile and laugh often…break free from the chains of despair, disgruntled mindsets, depression, and bad attitudes. Always speak positive and encouraging words and with time your mind and body will sync and you will be able to say:
“It is still a wonderful world!”
Bible Reading: Proverbs 17
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the ability to love, laugh, smile and enjoy the beautiful life that you have given to us. We acknowledge that we often forget your grace and mercies by easily complaining about the insignificant things that we have become fixated with. We desire to become like children and possess the character traits that are pleasing to you. We pray for the blinders to be removed from our eyes that we may grow spiritually and live according to Your Word. Thank you again for creating us with the ability to have never-ending joy. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019