Lux Thinking Aloud

Striving To Be Childlike

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Striving To Be Childlike
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive 
the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
-Matthew 18:3

Striving To Be Childlike

I'm striving to be childlike. 

A child lives a less complex, stress free life.
A child may worry, but not for long and not over serious matters.

I am striving to be forgiving.

Notice how easy it is for children to forgive one another? Sometimes, they don't even have to apologize. After a while, they start playing or talking again like nothing happened.

No hang ups, no grudges. 

They forgive easily because they don't make a big deal out of it. They forgive easily because they forget about the offense. They put their friendship over their differences. And a little misunderstanding can't stop them from having fun.

I want to be as forgiving as a child.

I am striving to be trusting.

The ugly part of being an adult is that you've been exposed to many events that somehow removed your ability to trust fully. Too many betrayals. Too many promises broken. Too many plans that did not pursue because somehow the people involved were not able to live out their commitment.

It's sad really.

You become too cautious you build a strong and tall wall around you to protect yourself from further damage, because you fear that you might not be able to take the hurt anymore if it happens again.

I want to be childlike in the way I trust people. Like I've never been hurt before. Like I will never be betrayed again. 

The way a child laughs when he's being thrown high on air by his father knowing that he will catch him no matter what.

I am striving to be dependent on God.

I want to be dependent on God like a child is dependent on his parents. To wake up knowing that my day will be alright because my Father sees to it that all my needs are taken care of. That my way is safe. That my convenience is always considered.


I am striving to be worry-free.

Worry is not of from God, it's from the enemy. Because God does not want us to worry, He said that so Himself. 

A child is worry-free because He knows He's in good hands. He can sleep soundly in his parent's arms despite the chaos going around him because he is sure that he will be protected. That he will not be abandoned. That he is loved.

I am striving to be childlike in a way that I never lose my sense of wonder. To look at things in amazement. To expect beautiful surprises in the face of uncertainty. To believe in miracles, in magic, and that all wishes come true. To be always in awe even of the little things that adults take for granted. To never stop being appreciative of even the small things and gestures.

I am striving to be forgiving, trusting, dependent, worry-free, appreciative.

I am striving to be childlike.

A child who is confident that he is loved. A child who knows his place. A child so full of dreams and belief in himself. A child who is sure that he can do anything he sets his heart to.

I am striving to be childlike, and you should too.

This post is based on today's Didache Reflection.

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  1. Another great post mami..... I like...

  2. So true, a great post and a great reminder for me xx

  3. Kids are absolutely wonderful teachers. I am still learning from them! Great post!

  4. I think we should all strive to be childlike... enjoy life a lot more withe a lot less worry... forgiveness is the key. ;)

  5. This truly is a beautiful, way it should be, way to live. Awesome sharing...thanks!

    1. That's why I'm striving to live that way. Thank you, Christine.

  6. Great article! The beautiful simplicity of a child! I love how God has used my own children to teach me about trust. As a parent, I feel the pressure to be "grownup" and oh, so "responsible". But watching my children and their absolute trust reminds me, I am still God's child and I can rest in His absolute care!

    1. Wow. Wonderful insight, Cindy. Thank you so much.

  7. Hi Lux! I'm coming over from Facebook.
    I love the images you put with your wonderful prayer to be more forgiving. Jesus really loved the children, and I can see why. They do get mad, but they move on so fast and all is forgotten. May God bring me that kind of grace!

  8. What a beautiful take on the importance of being childlike! You are a lovely writer. Years ago when I decided to homeschool my 7 year old, a friend told me I would be amazed at everything God was going to teach me. In my naivety I thought, "Really? It's just second grade!" It didn't take me long to figure out that God was going to use my child to teach me so much that had nothing whatsoever to do with academics!