Children being goofy

Faith Like a Child

It seems to me that young children have a very special gift. Very few people are able to hold on to this gift as they age. But when people are able to keep a firm grip on this gift it can really change the world.

What’s this special gift? It’s the gift of seeing. I don’t mean seeing in a physical sense, but seeing in an emotional way. Children have the very unique ability to see life through another lens. I’ve always wondered how they were able to do this. As I’ve continued to think about this I’ve come up with three reasons why I think that children are able to see things in this life differently.

1) Children aren’t afraid of other’s opinions:

Young children are blessed with the ability to live life. They don’t have a care in the world; they’re able to just play and learn. Children are able to think of sweet quick-witted responses that make many of us adults stop and chuckle or really think deep thoughts. Children don’t worry about being able to keep up with those next door, they are thankful for what they have and see it as a blessing. I am always amazed by how little children need to be entertained. If you just watch I think that you’d be equally impressed with what their little minds can come up with.

2) Children don’t see stereotypes they see people

We have gotten into a bit of a sticky situation as humans. We have gotten into the habit of rating sin and placing people in boxes; categorizing them based on their actions or physical appearance and then assuming that all the people in the category are like that. The truth is that all humans regardless of race or religion or background are all children of God (Galatians 3:26). We all have sin (Romans 3:23). The thing about sin is that in God’s eyes lying is the same as murder. He doesn’t see any difference. To Him sin is sin; it’s just committed in different ways. Children have the unique ability to see people as people.

3) Children are able to love:

Because children don’t worry about what others think of them and they see people as simply people they are able to love more easily. They are able to love more fully. Jesus said that the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). Children really seem to be able to truly love their neighbor.

“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.'”

~Matthew 18:2-3

Until next time,

Bailey Sue