“Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’” — Mark 9:36, 37
This past year as a new Grandfather I have learned more of Christ’s love, forgiveness, and blessings than ever before in my life. Vanessa has been the most understanding, wisest and practical “theologian” that I have ever met. It is important for me to communicate to my granddaughter that I love her and accept her even though I may not accept her misbehavior. The Holy Spirit knows the needs she has so I ask him to intercede according to His will. It is comforting to me that I can put my concerns in God’s hand, leaving them with Him. It shifts the burden to God, instead of carrying it myself. The love I have for Vanessa would like to control her life and keep her
from pain, disappointment, or discouragement.God has created my granddaughter for a unique purpose. I pray she will discover her dreams, be motivated to pursue them, and trust He will provide the resources for her to be close to God.
Thank you for this essay about “becoming like a child.” Some people use this as a reason to not tackle any difficult issue. You describe the tensions in reaching a goal of maturity, beyond drinking “milk.” Yet avoiding an advancement to a self serving way that allows “sighs of cynicism to carry the weight of authority.”
Metanoia. Repentance. Turn around. All good thoughts. The Buddhist way does not grapple with these big issues, rather advising to wake up and do right because it is right. That is also a “childlike” response.
Youth is the spring of life. There is newness,freshness, wonderment all around. The air is full of hope and promise. their eyes dance and their faces and hearts shine forth the joy of living. Within are great desires and strong urges crying for fulfillment.
The great surging of the heart are God implanted. what a cruel joke if they were placed without hope of fulfillment. Religion can either help or hinder those expectations. Ambition is of God. it is only the perversion of ambition that is devilish.
The fulfillment of freedom, greatness, and happiness lies in three primary choices.
A decision for Christ.
A decision for a life work.
3.A decision for a life companion.
Just like the rainbow they must come in proper order. The decision to accept Christ as Lord and Savior greatly focuses both ones life work and ones choice of a life companion.