by Jay Kelly
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. –Matthew 18:1-4
Today your homework is to thank God for the child-teachers in your life. This can be your own children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, neighbors or Kids’ Kingdom students. Also, thank God for your own childhood experiences which have taught you lessons about him. In what ways were your parents like God? In what ways did God protect, provide, teach, tolerate and train you through human parents as you grew up?
A vivid personal story comes to mind for me about trust. Chandler trusted me completely as a young child. We had just moved to Seattle and were renting a house on Queen Anne in the summer of 1997. Chandler was three years old. We had a “jump into Daddy’s arms” game we’d played regularly whenever I had just parked the car. She would undo her car seat, climb into the back of our Jeep Cherokee, I would open the hatch and she would jump into my arms. One day we’d parked and she’d taken her time climbing to the back. I was distracted talking to Carol and she threw herself into the air with my back to her. It had never crossed her mind that I wouldn’t catch her even if I wasn’t looking in her direction. I heard her hit the concrete driveway behind me. I turned as she was looking up at me and inhaling for a great cry of pain and disappointment. She had been betrayed; her trust had been broken. She didn’t understand why I wasn’t aware that she had launched herself into the air and required a strong, yet soft landing followed by tickles and hugs.
Children trust completely even when the authorities in their lives are not worthy or capable. Children forgive just as quickly as they express their honest hurts and pains. Thankfully, our heavenly father is perfect, does have eyes in the back of his head , so to speak, and always offers us that soft landing sometimes followed by tickles and hugs.
Have fun growing in gratitude today. Hope this helps. See you tomorrow,