Day 2058 – Unfettered Joy – or Childlike Faith

Yesterday, I found an old photo from my visit to Disneyland. It was when I was riding the teacups and just laughing with joy at how fast I was going. I swear I will be like a child until the day I die. But I don’t think this is a bad thing.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

This verse gives my childlike heart such joy. On the outer layer, you can think, alright, being a kid is great, it’s ok to act like a kid. Wooo hoo!!!

But there is a much deeper, much harder truth to this. If we can strip away out “adult” minds and our “learned minds” and break life down to a simple, child like faith, we are asking ourselves to believe much.

Take away the big words and the big thoughts and our belief comes down to this:

We were created by God
We were bad (sinned)
God is good and can’t be with bad
Because God loves us, sent Jesus to pay for our bad
If we believe Jesus did that, we are good
When we are good, God does good for us
Everything that happens to us is for our good

I mean, think about the weight of that last statement and believing that like a child. There is no explaining it with big words, there is no deep thought. God says He works all things together for our good and we believe that. That’s it.

Oh Lord, let it be that my heart is ever simple and only focused on You.

And thanks for Disney, that was mighty nice of ya. 🙂

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