11 March 2012

Happy Sunday: Be Like Little Children

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14).

From my photo Pinboard (click here), which is littered
with tons of other adorable kiddie photogs.

It seems that lately I have had several occasions to admire and appreciate childhood--the innocence and purity and honesty of little children that tragically dissolves with adolescence and adulthood.  One of those occasions came Friday night when I saw We Bought a Zoo for the first time. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time.  Everything about it was just so real. The situations, the characters, and especially the sweetness of little children.  That red-haired girl? Angel face.

But, really.  Children are miraculous and oh so smart!  SO much smarter than we are, for they don't care about what the world thinks, how others are judging them.  They have no social veneer to inhibit them from doing what makes them happy.  They are not hindered by societal norms and expectations.  They say what's on their curious little minds and act what's in their precious little hearts.

The heavy 5-year-old audience in the theatre was as entertaining as the movie itself.  They would laugh hysterically, clap their hands, repeat out loud what they thought was particularly funny, strike up conversations with the strangers sitting next to them, climb all over the seats and the people occupying them.

I think this is the attitude we need to have towards living the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We need to embrace it in such a way that says to the doubting and disbelieving world, "What you think doesn't effect me; this is what truly makes me happy!"  Don't let the skepticism and scoffing of others forbid you from coming unto Him, with your whole heart and soul.

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