Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Like a Child..

by Joyce Meyer

And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, and said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. 
—Matthew 18:2–3

When Jesus said we should become like little children, I believe that one of the things He was telling us is to study the freedom that children enjoy. They are unpretentious and straightforward; they laugh a lot, and they’re forgiving and trusting. Children are definitely confident, at least until the world teaches them to be insecure and fearful.

I remember letting our five-year-old grandson Austin come on the platform at a partners conference once and sing a song he’d learned. The next day I was going to sign books and have pictures made with some of the partners. A large crowd was lining up, and his mother, our daughter Laura, found Austin hiding behind a curtain. When she asked him what he was doing, he said, “I am trying to get some rest from all these people.” She said, “Austin, why do you think these people are here?” He said, “Well, to take my picture of course!”

Because of his simple, childlike confidence, Austin automatically assumed all the people were there to see him.

Lord, I ask You to restore the wonderful qualities of a child to my life. Give me the freedom and confidence that comes from simply trusting You to be my Father. Amen.

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