BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
Often times we feel most vulnerable when we have to go through something we haven't gone through before. Like the first time you ride a bike without training wheels, or the first time you walk into high school as a freshmen, or even the first few weeks at college away from home. This feeling of vulnerability can also lead to wanting to be a kid again. Wasn't it nice when Mom and Dad took care of your every need? And wasn't it easier when you didn't have to worry about saving money so that you could pay off student loans? Wasn't it the best thing in the world to spend summers carefree with your friends and family? I'll be honest - I miss being a little kid. As much as I wanted to grow up at the time, I had a good childhood. But that's gone now; now I'm on my own at school, taking care of myself, making sure I'm going to my classes and eating right and whatnot. I can't be a child anymore - or can I? Something that is so wonderful about children is that they are innocent, but often more perceptive than we give them credit for. Complicated problems that we have can be solved so much more simply in the eyes of a child, and when they know God, they leave everything they have to Him. You've probably all heard this before, but we are all called to be more like children; the way they trust and believe in the Lord is unlike anything I've ever known. They just jump right in and say "Yes, I believe!" When did we, as a collective and unfortunately grown-up society, forget to just believe and know that God is there?
I have my own questions for God, but something I don't tell Him often is that I believe in His works and in His path for my life. I don't tell him often that I have faith in what He wants for me. And that's a crying shame because there really is only so much that I can do on my own. Children know that and understand that, and that can make them smarter than us all. So I want to be a child again - not in the literal sense, but in a spiritual sense. I want to believe in God's Word because I know it is simply the truth. And that's what I want for all of you today and always. I want you to take the complexity of your lives away for a second and leave the pure and innocent trust that God placed in you when you were born.
So here is my challenge for the week: take the time to go to a church and tell God that you trust Him. Tell Him that you want the grace to be more like a child in faith, to simply believe and not take that belief for granted. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan