Footsteps in Faith: Community members could learn a lot from childlike faith, beliefs

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Shane Smith
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SmithSpeaking as a parent of two young toddlers, I just love children’s take on certain things, especially God. For example, elementary children were asked to complete the sentence; “By faith, I know that God is…” 

Here are some of their responses:

“Forgiving, because he forgave in the Bible and he forgave me when I went in the road on my bike without one of my parents.”

“Providing, because he dropped manna for Moses and the people, and he gave my dad a job.”

“Caring, because he made the blind man see and he made me catch a very fast line drive that could have hurt me. He probably sent an angel down.”

“Merciful, because my brother has been nice to me for a year.”

“Faithful, because the school bill came and my mom didn’t know how we were going to pay for it. Two minutes later, my dad called and he just got a bonus check. My mom was in tears.”

“Sweet, because he gave me a dog. (Plus) God tells me not to do things that are bad. I need someone like that.”

Indeed, we find out exactly what God is like through the thoughts of children. It brings to mind the passage from Mark’s Gospel where the disciples forbade the children from going to see Jesus. His reply underscores the spiritual insight of kids. 

According to Mark 10: 13-16, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.” 

What this passage teaches us, is that if we are to be in right relationship with him, then we must approach him the same way that the children did – unassuming and without conditions. All the children quoted in the above statements realize that God loves them immensely and provides for their every need. 

The children realized that God would never leave their side, even when life goes bad, and that life with him is joyful and not the cosmic joy-killer that a lot of adults think Jesus is.

The next time that you look at your children, remember this story from the gospel of Mark and examine your own life in light of it. I think you will be blessed by childlike faith.

 

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