To Be A Child Again

ChildrenI sometimes think about what it might be like to return to my childhood and experience some of those events that are simply memories. I remember Christmas as a child, the anticipation and excitement. I remember birthdays. I remember toys. I remember building a tree house. I remember working in the garden. (Some memories are not as positive!) I remember going to my grandparents’ house to hang out and play. I didn’t have much to worry about as a child. I didn’t have responsibilities like I have now. I didn’t have other people counting on me. I could just enjoy my life within the guidelines of my parents. There is still a big place in my heart for children. I spent 20 years of my life in student ministry and I enjoyed pouring into students. Now that I’m old, I want to be young again!

Jesus was always teaching and speaking with purpose with His disciples. They were all celebrities because they were part of Jesus entourage. They felt important – they were important. Sometimes, they got a little “out of bounds”.  Check this out…

13 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.

14 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. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. (Mark 10:14-16 NLT)

Children are all in.

Children are filled with wonder.

Children are light-hearted.

Children are pure-hearted.

Children are innocent.

Children love to be loved.

Children are humble.

Jesus made it crystal clear that I must receive His Kingdom as a child. I need to let Him love me. I need to love Him with an “all in” spirit of gratitude. I need to trust Him. I need to live within the guidelines of His Protection. I need to love like He loves. I need to be humble before Him and everyone else as well. I need to be pure hearted. I need to be filled with wonder.

As I celebrate Christmas with my family, it’s a joy to see how my children have grown into adults. It’s still a joy to see their faces when giving and receiving gifts. It’s a joy to see the innocence of my grandchildren. I want to be a child again today before the Lord. I want to see His Kingdom through child-like wonder.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

An Innocent Child Leader

 

Smiling sport child boy showing hand biceps muscles strengthI love seeing the innocence of a young child. They really only know what they’ve been taught. Many children learn volumes from their environment. They learn from their parents or caregivers. Their values are caught from observation more than what is being taught. For example, if a parent teaches them to tell the truth but then lies, the child will be more likely to become a liar. I’m not trying to be harsh or critical of parents but how I live speaks much longer and has much more substance than anything I could say. Words are cheap and easy – living out my faith is way more challenging.

After Ahaziah was killed, his wicked mother seized power and proceeded to kill anyone who would be an heir to the throne. That means she was killing her other sons and her grandsons because she wanted to rule the kingdom. One of her daughters took the one-year-old son of the late king and hid him with his nurse in the Temple. He remained hidden there for six years.

4 In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Carites and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the Lord. He made a covenant with them and put them under oath at the temple of the Lord. Then he showed them the king’s son.

12 Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, ‘Long live the king!’ (2 Kings 11:4, 12 NIV)

I find it hard to imagine a 7-year-old king having much wisdom and discernment. He was obviously the product of his nurse and his mother investing into his life. I do know some 7-year-old boys that trust the Lord. I don’t think they would be elected president, but I do think that they would have some good ideas about cleaning up the elaborate political mess that our country finds itself in.

The Lord is really in charge of Joash becoming king. The Lord can use anyone He chooses at any time He chooses to lead on His behalf. One of the first things that was done when Joash became king was to clean up and clean out the Baal worship.

I was reminded about Jesus encounter with little children. His disciples didn’t think He had time for the children. He took them in His lap and blessed them. Check this out….

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 NIV)

Parents have a huge responsibility in the teaching and training of their children. As a parent, I have to start with me and it needs to be so much more than “lip service” to God. I need to trust Him with my heart. I need my behavior to flow from a heart that is committed to His Way and His Will for me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne