A few years ago, during my favorite time of year, I shared this with a group of brothers and sisters; I pray it may bless you this Christmas.
In what participants in Alcoholics Anonymous call The Big Book, there is a phrase I have shared with folks I have walked with in counseling and in spiritual direction; it goes like this: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”. There’s much wisdom in this little saying, and even more challenge!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 19:1-6
“Unless you turn and become like little children you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven” Mt. 18:3.
Learning to “turn and become like little children”: It involves a whole attitude of trust in God, that we trust Him as a child trusts his or her father and mother. A trust that, no matter what happens, God knows best; that no matter how we feel, God can bring us through; that no matter how we fall, God’s love is there for us.
It involves learning to depend on Him. Instead of relying on our own power or setting ourselves up as someone important, we acknowledge how weak and imperfect we are, and cling instead to God’s strength.
It involves surrender:- the surrender of our desire to go our own way, and instead to seek God’s way, and to leave how we are perceived totally in God’s hands.
It involves a willingness to run:- that no matter what goes wrong, even if it is through one’s own fault, we will run to God’s loving arms.
It involves obedience. If there is a contradiction between what I believe and what Jesus teaches, then I’m not right.
Traits of childhood prior to the influence and damage of spiritual old age:
- Outward directedness.
- Ability of being surprised.
- Inclination toward exploring and adventure.
- Recuperative ability.
- Awareness of need (not neediness).
NARCISSISM – CHILDHOOD’S MORTAL ENEMY
Merry Christmas! Joyful journey back to childhood! Don’t worry, Dad’s got this!