Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Like Little Children

Mignon McLaughlin once said,

"Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food and forget how unresponsive their husbands are.  Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food and forget how demanding their wives are.  Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun."

Ten years ago I would have questioned that quote but the older I get and the more time with kids I spend, I agree.  Children don't worry about tomorrow or care about what other people think about them or spend endless amounts of time building a persona, they just allow themselves to be, to love, and have fun doing so.

I learned this lesson for the first time a few years back when over the period of a summer I spent many days looking after a five year old and I'm learning it again having a precious nephew in my life who is a toddler.  Last weekend he spent at my place and he wasn't consumed by the bills that needed to be paid or worried about what was to come, he just wanted to be with the people he loved, having fun while doing so and so we did.  We had a dance party in my office, played trains on the living room floor and pushed the monster truck around the house as fast as we could.  And where I started my day consumed by all kinds of details and plans and worries, the more time I spent with him the more those things started to fade into the background and I felt myself come alive.  So much so that I've had multiple comments since about how happy and at ease I look.

While my nephew is welcome to come over at any time and I hope we have many more memorable weekends together like this last one, I don't only want to live that way when I'm around him or the other kids that I love.  I want to take what children have taught me and live it out everyday so that my life isn't one of a stressed out individual who is so consumed by the affairs of this life that I actual miss really living it and loving those around me.

Maybe that's why Jesus is so adamant that we become like little children because it is they who see life like it is and like it was always intended to be.

"[Jesus said] truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)

Friday, November 15, 2013


“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


Craig Groeschel (It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It)