Mark 10:13-16 New International Version (NIV)
The Little Children and Jesus
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Blessed be the children for God loves their gentle hearts. This weekend I took my nephew and his friends to Sahara Sam’s. I had promised to take him several times in the past but, discredit to my depression I always fell short at fulfilling my promises. I intentionally stayed in my room to hide the shame of not being a reliable person. I had these internal beliefs that were far from the truth of who I truly am. Like the disciples I rebuked children because I was still internally stretched thin from the loss of my son. This weekend reignited the love I’ve always had for children. I listened to them and with discipline allowed them to be themselves. We are to lead our children but, in all honesty I think that in the spiritual sense we learn more from children than they could ever learn from adults. My nephew and his friends broadened my view of how we all should be. Children love freely, imagine without borders, and they just want to play and be happy without restrictions.
This weekend was definitely memorable. My nephew and his two best friends are so intelligent and all three of them love to play video games. However, each of the boys have very different personalities. My nephew is non-confrontational and very introverted. He loves to spend time either with me or by himself. One of his friends is naturally great at everything and he is humble. His other friend is so loving and my nephew treats him like a little brother. They fight constantly but, they both love being around one another. The two boys, minus my nephew, argued quite a lot over video games and food. My nephew went into his room to be by himself because in his words they were being ridiculous. When I took them to Sahara Sam’s on Saturday one of his friends became ill but, we discovered that it was due to the intense chlorine trapped in the indoor water park. When we got home I made them some food and after they finished eating the boys played video games for a short while before calling it a night. On Sunday morning I took the boys to church. Once again, my nephew wasn’t so much of a fan but, the other boys were excited to go. His one friend even cried a little because he was moved by the sermon. I love it when children are moved by the power of God. Driving home from church the boys clued me in on their perception of me. They told me that I was the best aunt ever and they all agreed that I was so much fun.
At the close of the weekend I had gained a brighter perspective of why children are so special to God and why we must be like children before our Father. Children need constant guidance, they also have certain needs that need to be met such as healthcare, sustenance, lots of love, perpetual support and correction. Discipline is at the top of my list of what a child needs because without it children can grow up accepting misguided ideas which can be harmful as their personalities are hardened as adults. I’ve known plenty of adults who have grown up accepting traits that will never benefit them. We all fall short in areas of obedience. The world tells us that once we’ve reached a certain age we have all the tools to make it in this life with little to no guidance. Also, once we aren’t children any longer we are told to step aside our childish ways and the mistake in this is that though some actions are juvenile, the mind of a child is brilliant and filled with wonder. Children openly seek answers to life’s questions and their imaginations allow them to think outside of the box so that when hard times strike they are able to see the silver lining. Their trust is guided with love and nothing else and I believe this is why God seeks for us to meet him as children. God calls for us to want his guidance, love and protection.
I love these three boys intensely. I thank my sister and God sister for allowing me to spend time with them. I love to see children happy. Like Jesus, I want to wrap them in my arms and love them. I look up to children in many ways because they see the world through different lenses. Adults can easily forget what it was like to be a child. For me, I never was fond of being corrected and that explains why it was so easy for me to go astray. I also thought all things were possible and that I needed correction. I would like to think this is the reason I was reigned back into Gods grace. I am grateful that I was not destroyed because of my disobedience. I learned so much from the boys this weekend. The greatest lesson of all was the confirmation of the discipline I need from my Heavenly Father and the reminder that as a child of God all my Father wants to do is love me and all He wants me to do is trust him without hesitance.
Thank you for reading my blog today. My nephew and his friends expressed how I made them feel but, it was I who learned from them. I learned the freedom of letting go of the cares of this world by focusing on God and holding onto my hopes and dreams. We must take care of the children for one day they will lead the next generation. Follow The Happiness Project, like this post, leave a comment and share with the links below.
Blessings and Peace,