You Are Acting Like a Child!

Have you ever been chastised with the words, "You are acting like a child!" Perhaps, this can be more of a compliment than you realize.

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When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 18:3

I started thinking about these two apparently contradictory verses while I was watching my twenty-month old grandson.  The words "childlike" and "childish" had been put in my mind from a reader's comment.

My grandson has implicit faith in his parents.  When he runs to daddy crying, he knows daddy will pick him up and comfort him.  When he calls out for "num num," he knows there will be food.

He knows when he hears the sound of the stair lift coming up the stairs that his great-gramma will soon appear.

He is so unselfconscious.  He simply lives in the world, not giving thought to anything but his experiences.  Watching the wonder on his face when he explores the world around him is precious.

To me, that exemplifies 'child-like.'

Faith.

Wonder.

Awe.

Child-ish?  Childish calls to mind temper tantrums, demanding-ness,  and self-centeredness.  Others feelings don't really exist.

To me there is a huge difference between the two.

And the difference it makes?

It becomes my check-point.

As our family grieves, as my illnesses flair, I must look to my attitude once again.

Am I acting childish?  

Or am I showing and feeling that child-like faith.  Do I stand in awe of the knowledge that my husband now lives with the Lord?  Am I amazed by the wonder of the life we have at all?  Is my faith growing day-by-day as God continues to work in our lives.

Perhaps there is something in your life today that needs a check-point.

Even in our pain and grief we can hold onto the faith we need to get through.

It doesn't mean we don't hurt.  It doesn't mean we don't grieve or mourn.  It doesn't mean we lose our human feelings.

It does mean that we can choose to become closer to Him each day - trusting that when we reach out our hand, He will be there.

Father God, It can be challengingly difficult - almost impossible - to accept some of the events of our lives.  Help us to retain that child-like faith in which we know that Daddy does indeed know best and we are safe in Your hands.  Amen and amen.

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