In his preaching, Jesus often used the example of being like little children. While reading this verse, I decided to list out the characteristics that kids have in the purest, most natural form:
- Forgive quickly
- Love all – they hold no grudges, are not prejudiced or biased
- Trust that their parents will provide for them
- See the best in people
- Make friends easily
- No worries!
Because the truth is, we were all somehow born with these traits, but as we grew up, the world and other people extinguished some of these traits in us. Whether it was an abusive parent, a teacher careless with her words, a family tragedy, a high school boyfriend, too many R-rated movies or realizing that you don’t have enough money to pay your bills. Any of these things can make a person jaded, hardened, distrustful, weary, or depressed. If you let it, this world will still your innocent joy and peace.
But we have a heavenly Father and in His eyes, we are His children. He wants to care for us, provide for all of our needs, teach us how to live, comfort us when we’re hurt or sad, make us laugh and stare in awe at His work in our lives.
It might take a lot of effort, prayer, personal discipline, but you CAN bring all of these characteristics back to the surface of your life. More importantly, God can and does. He takes hearts of STONE and makes them soft and new (Ezekiel 36:26).