Saturday, December 10, 2011
their thoughts are honest. Ever try to get a child to lie? Try to get a 5 year old to say they’re 4 so they can get their meal free one last time. They won’t do it! It’s not in their innocent nature. And my goodness, they can be so sick one minute then doing somersaults the next.
I remember when my son was 2 his appendix ruptured. He lay in his hospital bed so docile and pathetic. Our baby had just been operated on. The day after his surgery I spoke with my parents giving them an update on his condition. Based on my report they decided they needed to see him for themselves and drove to Kansas City. You can imagine their surprise seeing a pint-size superman flying down the hospital corridor arms extended straight out, the cape flowing behind him. The IV had come out and he was off, proof to their remarkable resilience.
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Also, have you ever noticed how little ones are not only trusting, they don’t hold a grudge – at least, not for long. Words and actions of their peers bounce off them. I can’t remember when I’ve seen a little one sit and stew for much more than five minutes over something said to them. I want that innocence. I need the ability to say I forgive you. I’ve forgiven my childhood hurts and have never judged. Why can’t I let go now?
Mark 11:24-26 says Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
I have allowed someone to take my joy. That angers me! It’s within me to forgive and let go of the control this person has on me. I shouldn’t say ‘I can’t’ release, but I will say ‘I’m not.’ Lord I’m struggling, please help me forgive so my peace returns. I know that this person hasn’t given me a second thought. They’re not losing sleep over me – why am I? Teach me to be a better believer of Your word. I desire once again to experience the innocence of a child.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Matthew 18:1-5