There is nothing more precious than the love of a child. They love without prejudice, they don’t see color, pretty or ugly, they just love. I am convinced that you can trust a child’s opinion about someone because they are seeing with a pure heart. I clearly remember when I was a little girl having strong feelings about people and I either instantly liked or disliked and once having felt it as I remember never changed my mind.
Jesus loved little children as we see in Mark 10: 13-16 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.
I was thinking about children tonight because the nicest thing happened to me today. My daughter works at Cumberland Christian Academy as a secretary and was approached today by a little girl who asked “Ms Neal do you have a mother?” Cherita assured her that she did have a mother. The little girl went further to find out what was her mother’s name, so Cherita wrote it down on a piece of paper for her. Later the child came back and handed my daughter a piece of notebook paper folded in a triangle. The triangle was decorated with hearts and flowers and a big old I love you Harolene. When I unfolded the paper I saw a picture of a Princess that she had colored, never mind that she hadn’t stayed in the lines or even completely finished it, to me it was beautiful!
We are God’s little children and when we offer our gifts to Him even if it’s not fancy or perfect He loves it when you have done the best you can and have done it with a heart of love. I think that sometimes we get in a competition mentality and look to see what someone else is doing to compare ourselves to but you know the Bible has a word about that also! 2 Corinthians 10:12 “We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”
Children remember how you treat them as I found out not long ago. I got a note from a man that is now a policeman who thanked me for being nice to him when he did something by accident that I didn’t react to in a negative way. This particular young man had come to the Hammond organ where I was sitting at the end of a wedding and asked if he could blow out the candles that were still burning. I gave him permission and he took a deep breath and BLEW the candles out sending wax all over the finish of the organ. He told me that he had been terrified that I would be angry with him but instead I assured him that I could take care of it, not to worry. He was only about 8 at the time and he still remembers it to this day! Wow, what if I reacted in a different way?
Be nice to little people the way you want God to be nice to you, something like “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” right? Let’s all go watch Sponge Bob Square Pants now!