Lessons Learned From Children!

Children can say the funniest things! One mom said to her daughter “Honey, some day you are going to have feelings for boys.”  Her daughter answered back “What do you mean, I already do… I don’t like them!”
Sometimes they say things that reveal that they just don’t understand: “I’m not cheating, I’m only helping myself win!”
Children can be very honest, quick forgivers and don’t worry about being politically correct.  Don’t you wish “grow ups” were more like children?
In Matthew 18:1-4 we find that the disciples were arguing over who is the greatest.
“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?’  Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.  Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.’”
If you have ever seen the crowd of preschoolers that are cared for during each Sunday service, you see a busy room filled with happy children. (Lord, bless the adult workers in that room!)  These humble children are not fighting for bragging rights on who moved up from sippy cups, they don’t notice new trendy fashions and don’t talk behind each other’s backs.  All that prideful comparing of positions and property comes later when we think we’ve “grown up”. 
It also seems that little children become even more humble when a big grown up comes near.  With that in mind, I wonder how I might be different if I always kept in mind that God is with me, that He knows more than I do and that He is bigger that any problem I face.   Jesus made it clear that He wants us to become like little children, humble and reassured of His love for each of us.  Let’s become as humble as a child!
One last thing:
Even Children in school come up with the funniest ideas – While children were lined up in the cafeteria for lunch, there was a note that was posted by the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”  At the end of the line was a tray of cookies.  One child had an idea and wrote a note that said “Take all the cookies you want, God is busy watching the apples!”   Oh, if he only knew!
Pastor Tom