How often do we stop ourselves from bringing something to God because we feel like it is silly or unimportant? We probably do this more than we think. Of course it makes sense to bring all the big things to Him, but what about the smallest, seemingly insignificant things? To think about how a child operates we can be quick to remember that nothing is too small to them. They will ask a question about anything. They will say out loud all the thoughts that come to their minds. Maybe as adults we have learned to fit in and mind our p’s and q’s to well. In society this might be appreciated, but with God it is a hindrance to His abilities in our lives. God wants to be included in and asked about everything. We cannot annoy Him. We need Him in everything if we hope to overcome all that the world throws at us.
Mark 10:13-16 NIV
We all probably know the scripture that proceeds this one. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV) It may be surprising that the very next scripture is, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children.” Scripture always goes hand in hand. It bolsters and gives context for God’s intended meaning. He gives us a picture of how we are to live in harmony with each other. He guides with His word on how to be and interact with the world around us. He writes from the very example He gives. He will never exasperate us. He wants to bring us up in the training and instruction of Him. We honor Him by reading and learning His word. We obey Him by listening for His direction and trusting that He will provide even when it makes no sense to us. We will always be His children; learning, growing, and absorbing. Accepting this position can humble us to have better and stronger faith.
Ephesians 6:4 NIV
A Story of Becoming Childlike:
As an adult, I often feel like I need to know everything or at least come across like I have a handle on everything. The more I moved from youth to adulthood it only seemed right that I would have no questions and I should be content to figure all the things out on my own. This reality that got thrust onto me grew my pride and robbed me of humility.
Since I have become a parent I have been reacquainted with how innocent a child’s perspective is. My children ask all the questions. They certainly want to try things on their own, but they have no qualms with asking for help. They literally want to tell me about everything. It has opened my eyes to how much I have been keeping from God. Of course God sees and knows everything, but it’s so different when I choose to tell Him about everything.
I have slowly been growing out of my pride in my relationship with God. I have been learning to invite Him into every aspect of my life. No matter how silly or embarrassing it may feel. I have felt my heart and mind transform in so many ways. Whenever I don’t know or can’t figure something out I know who I can turn to. He may not always give me answers, but He does give me comfort and guidance. Often times that guidance is to just keep coming back to Him.
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Considerations for your planner:
- Write down the aspects of a child you most admire. Try to channel those qualities into your daily life.
- Do you see God as your father? Write down how you obey your earthly parents when they are watching you. Then ask yourself if you do the same for God.