I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
I never really understood this teaching of Jesus until recently. Let me explain.
Abi is a toddler. Toddlers are on the outside what we are all actually like on the inside. They don’t know social norms yet. They don’t know how to check their emotions. They don’t know how to “act nice.”
As a parent, part of my job is to teach Abi “the rules.” Rules like: don’t hit, poop is gross, don’t play in the road, fuzz is not food, everything is not actually yours, sleep is important, don’t grab the dog, etc. I think Wes and I are making some progress here.
However, Abi has been teaching me the “anti-rules.” Rules like: live big, don’t hold back, say “hi” to everyone (even if it takes 37 “hi’s” to get them to acknowledge you), hold hands, cry when you’re hurt, dance to the music in your head (anywhere), don’t apologize for who you are, let people know what you’re really thinking.
And I think that’s what Jesus really meant: God doesn’t want our “be nice” side, he wants the real side. That’s the key to knowing Him more closely. He already knows what we’re all like – so be real. There’s no other way to do life.
Oh yeah, and love your babies.