The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them. – Isaiah 11:6
There really is something special about the spirituality of children. Their hearts and minds have the ability to believe “recklessly” and while that can be a concern in regards to safety, in the realm of God and his kingdom it is a beautiful thing. They have the capacity to believe that God loves them and will take care of them, just because he’s God. It comes out in their words as they pray as I heard yesterday. Before every drama presentation, we gather as a team and pray. There was an unoccupied spot in the nursery, or so I thought, when a few children came in. I explained to them that we were going to pray and they could join us if they wanted. They enthusiastically wanted to join us, and their heartfelt prayers refresh my soul. It reminds me of how to come to God in prayer.
We do not live in a perfect world where the wolf will live with the lamb, but we will. God has promised that all the tears will be wiped away, there will be no more pain, and it will be eternal. Believing that promise should be the filter our prayers go through … not our doubts or experiences. If we can pray “recklessly” like the children, believing what we pray makes a difference, and then we live out the promise that is to come.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promises to me. I know that you will fulfill them all. I pray that I can believe and surrender like a small child when it comes to you. Amen
Faith Tip: Practice praying “recklessly” with heart and mind wide open.
If I speak in the tonguesof men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Last night, I had the opportunity to share some insights regarding priorities with a wonderful group of women. Meeting new family members of the Christ household is always an encouragement to me. In preparing my talk, there was some research, lots of prayer, perhaps a bit of humor sprinkled in, but the most important ingredient is an attitude of love. That’s what makes it most worthwhile to me, too. What I do is meaningless unless I take the love God has given to me and pour it out on the ones he brings into my world.
We all have opportunities each day to show God’s love in all we do. That’s the vital part of doing anything. We have been given 24 hours today. There is no guarantee that we have tomorrow to act with love, so we must do our utmost today.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great love that you shower on me today. I pray that I can receive your love fully and shower it on those I see today. Amen
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6
As school season begins, we desire for children to have the best education possible. They are so hungry for knowledge and all new information from classes and life that seeps into their pores of education. Each one of us is a part of that education for the children. What they see and experience in connection with us becomes a part of their teaching.
Always be mindful of the little eyes and ears that are around you. Their character is built by the choices they make. The choices will reflect what they have learned from their environment. The more positive impact we can make on these young lives, the better choices they will make. Do they witness honesty, kindness, grace, help from adults around them, or do they pick up on the “me first” mentality prevalent in our society? If you have children, or don’t have children at home, you make an impact on children’s lives. They are watching.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the great examples you have put in my life. I pray that I may be a positive example to children. Help me to show them your love. Amen
Faith Tip: Pray about how you can be a great example to the children. What will they learn from you?
Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” – Luke 9:48
Who is the greatest person we can think of in our time? Ideas such as a political figure, entertainer, or someone who has greatly given of themselves may come to mind. Would we even consider answering a small child? I think we would be as dumbfounded as the disciples were when Jesus presented a child as the greatest.
The difference is the way we think of greatness. We think of achievements that can only be done with the growing of our human experience. Jesus is thinking about faith. One thought pattern focuses on what we do and the other on what God does. God is the author of faith. If we look to God believing as a child would, no matter what the world tells us, our faith would grow and expand. Children have a capacity to believe in something strongly that adults seem to lose as they grow older. We want proof. God wants us to regain that child-like faith in him and trust.
Prayer: I believe you, Lord, when I read that you will always be with me and never forsake me. When the world tells me I am not worth it, I pray that I can trust you and stand firm against the world’s message. Amen
Faith Tip: Regain the wonderment children have and explore God. The truths you find are treasure to your soul.