Yes, we finished the “Like a Child” posts last year. . . . but I have a few more to add. Permission granted? Thanks.
We already know that being an adult is not all that it is ‘cracked up’ to be. This morning, waking up to chilly air (yes, in Kenya), lots of responsibilities, bills to be paid and problems to be solved…. I just wanted to cuddle in a warm blanket and be a child again. You can probably identify.
Yet, for a child, ‘growing up’ is the main excitement in life; being ‘big’ is the greatest thing to look forward to. Grown-up life looks like a magical world where you don’t have to always be bossed around and you can make your own decisions. Maria Montessori called this desire the horme — an innate urge toward personal development and independence that ‘drives’ a child in the early years.
Now, it could seem to be a major contradiction to talk about growing up, or being mature, when promoting child-like faith. How are we supposed to be like a child, and be mature, at the same time?!
The idea here is that children really, really want to grow up. They do not want to remain ‘babies’ forever. And in our faith, we also should desire to grow. We are urged in God’s word to eat meat and not milk — to press on toward maturity — to leave childish things behind. Yet it seems that so often it is easier for me to just be content where I am. We stay put and stagnate; we enjoy maintaining the status quo.
Faith like a child, that will earn us the Kingdom, is faith that wants to mature. What does God want me to grow in today?