On my flight home last week, I sat behind a 4-year-old boy named Tyler. While we were still on the ground, he tried to sneak a look back at me, but I caught him and said hi! He smiled and instantly we were friends.
During take off, Tyler was so excited and watched out the window as we began to lift off the ground. While ascending into the air he and I started pointing out all the things we saw beneath us. I pointed out all the baseball fields and he jumped in and pointed out all the fields! Tyler was so excited about going higher and higher in the sky. He exclaimed, “We are going all the way! Up! Up! Up!”
This gave me a new appreciation for flying. I have been on planes a number of times, but now that I am older I wasn’t as excited as I was as a kid. Tyler helped me become a kid again.
I have been praying for child-like faith. Last year someone told me a word from the Lord, “Stop taking life so seriously.” From that point on I have taken that to heart. God has blessed me with joy and the ability to laugh and experience little miracles from Him throughout my day- as simple as a beautiful, unique sunset He has painted.
Jesus tells us to come as little children. Children get excited about the little things. They ask questions, want to know more, don’t have any worries, trust easy, and look at the simplicity of life. Just like Tyler, who was inviting me over to play at his house within an hour of meeting him, we need to act this way with Jesus. We need to love easy, stop taking life so seriously, laugh (Tyler and I laughed a lot), trust God with everything, and live life simply!
Can you do it? Can you live with child-like faith?
Love the way a child does.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:14-15
Me with my friend Kelsy in Nicaragua (summer of 2013) with kids who reminded me of child-like faith. Look at those precious smiles!
More kids in Nicaragua. Pure innocent fun and much joy!