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Becoming like little children

What do you suppose Jesus meant when he said, “I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”? (Matthew 18:3)   Maybe there’s a clue in the way this three year-old Maasai girl dances.
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
What do you suppose Jesus meant when he said, “I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and
become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of
heaven”? (Matthew 18:3)
 
Maybe there’s a clue in the way this three year-old Maasai girl dances.

Comments (10)

  • Thanks for this reminder.

    Children are caring, loving, dependent and inquisitive.

    That should be us with Abba.

  • Children love without reservation, they forgive without explanation and they are faithful to those who are unfaithful to them. Children, when they are unfettered by the world’s influence, are what God created us all to be.

    Becoming like them means leaving your preconceived desires behind, it means to love living in the moment and it means seeing things for exactly what they are and not what you assume they are. For us adults this is a tall order but not impossible because just like we do with our own children, our Father, will lovingly lead us as well.

    Dancing for joy without completely understanding the reason why is what He made us for; to enjoy the presence of unrestrained joy.

    The sages say, When the Messiah comes that His first question to us will be, “Why did you not enjoy all that I created for you?”

  • You know? When I was a child I believed my dad was stronger than anyone else’s dad. I believed he knew everything and could do anything. I believed no matter what I got myself into, he could rescue me and make things better. Abba Father, forgive me for misplacing my child like faith. Thanks for truth spoken in love, Seth…or, at least being the conduit of said truth. (c:]

    Peace and blessings…

    Joe

  • One of these days I am going to break out in dance during worship. Yet, I hold back…

    Dear inhibition,

    Sometimes you protect me from making a fool of myself, but when it comes to God, I would like you to leave so I can worship with wreckless abandon.

    Let there be no inhibition in worship, the divine connection with God.

    Amen.

  • What a lovely clip! Lack of fear in this kid. Lack of caring what other people think as to what she looks like. An essential dignity about her but without the pride that produces inhibition. I like her!

    Enjoyed reading the comment above. I guess kids know they need their mama and daddy and get on with needing them without it being a big deal at this age. Yeah, I need a little more of that I think!

  • Can’t stop smiling after watching this.

    To the topic: unabashed, carefree, oblivious to how those around her are ‘moving’, not comparing herself to them but rather she wears an expression of contentment and joy that eludes many if not most adults. That is childlike innocence.

    What a picture perfect reminder. Thank you.

  • Love the clip! Even the old curmudgeon Nietzsche once said, “I would only believe in a God who would dance.”

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