Friday, December 18, 2009

The Child-Like Heart

If it seems like I'm posting a ton, I do that. Ha. I tend to prefer a lot of small posts rather than a few long ones. It also makes it easier for you to pick up or leave at anytime. =)

Can I truly be a child at heart? I see people, that some how, have made it through life without becoming jaded by the world, without being cold.  They laugh and smile through life, and it's honest, it's not to hide something or run from something. They trust everyone and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. They love and grieve everything close to them. They have faith merely by trusting. All those things are attributed to children. Christ said that only by becoming like a child can we ever enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3) I'm pretty certain this what he was talking about. It's incredibly tough to follow. The world demands the opposite of us and it pounds it into our heads continously, until eventually you wake up one day and wonder "What happened?" It didn't happen all in one day though, it's a process that bit by bit you surrender your child-like nature, or worse have it slowly stolen from you by horrible circumstances. I compare my behavior to that of the child Christ asks us to be, and many times, I'm found wanting. I believe it will be an on-going life long process. I have faith one day, I'll be one of those people though. One day, I'll leave this place with a child's heart, like my Grandpa, my Uncle Carl, and like many others.

Much Love,
Luke

Be free,... simple, a child. But be a sturdy child, who fears nothing, who speaks out frankly, who lets himself be led, who is carried in the arms; in a word, one who knows nothing, can do nothing, can anticipate and change nothing, but who has a freedom and a strength forbidden to the great. This childhood baffles the wise, and God Himself speaks by the mouth of such children.  - Francois Fenelon

1 comments:

Patrina said...

Luke, I love the way you think and ponder and write. You are in a good place. The Lord is growing you up strong. You are being rooted to produce much fruit.

I like this post. The world has bombarded our minds and our behaviors follow our minds. That's why we are instructed to "renew" our minds, as is written in Romans 12: 2

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will."

You are so refreshing, Luke, to know that you continue to seek and progress towards that trusting, simlified life with God. I have faith that you'll be "one of those peope" who leaves this earth with a child's heart - when we are made perfect in the presence of Jesus. We are His children - the apple of His eye. That makes you and I family!

I'm praying for you, Luke. You can count on that! As, my son-in-law says, at the end of his weekly podcasts, "Keep growing closer to Jesus."

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