Ooooh my goodness. When I started the “Like a Child” series exactly one year ago, I had no idea it would have so many posts. This has been quite a learning experience for me!
Several of you have commented on this series ‘about children.’ Thank you. But it was not intended to be about children > but about the traits of children that God would want to see in us.
I had not disclosed a rather backwards inspiration for starting this topic in the first place. That was, during a discussion with my father, somehow we stumbled on Jesus words’ about “unless you change and become like little children.” Father pondered out loud, “So what does that mean anyway? We certainly are not supposed to be like children, are we?”
Mine was to dispute that conclusion. “Yes, we should be child-like. I can think of several ways.” It reminded me of the list I had compiled when our first child was born, almost 29 years before.
In this series, we have observed that children:
- Are trusting, and believe what they are told
- Are totally dependent
- Look like (and act like) their parents
- Want to be ‘with’ – Daddy, or Mommy
- Learn by doing
- Are concerned about process, not product
- Believe that all things are possible
- Sleep through the storms
- Are not pleasers of men
- Know that “Daddy will fight for me”
- Are easy to influence
- Live in the moment
- Understand that rules are rules, and can’t be broken
- Are quick to forgive
- Are totally honest
- Are enthusiastic
- Are naive
- Ask many questions
- Are free from shame
- Are humble
- Take life easy, and
- Receive the Kingdom by allowing it to shape and form them.
Whew! Thank you for walking on this journey into child-like faith with us. If anything, I have now become even more keenly interested in being with, observing, and absorbing the godly traits of children.
…And I seriously look forward to having grandchildren one day — of course in God’s timing! <:)
With much gratitude,