Everyone ought to be Young at heart

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I first posted this article at the beginning of last year, but felt I should post it again. It’s message is relevant at this time-children’s day!
Enjoy.

I know a little girl.

She has a foldable Barbie chair she sits on at meals. She’s five and she so sweet and special.
She’s so innocent and simple. Without an agenda of her own, she holds onto every ‘mummy says we are going to the cinema today,’ and looks forward to it.
She is obedient, and though she acts naughty at times, she sincerely apologizes when corrected.

She also had a formidable smile that melts my heart. She’s energetic, able to turn the room upside down but with good intentions – she just wants to play and explore. She always wants to be around me. I must confess at times, I feel like I’m bothred, but I dare not express my feelings into words, for I fear a hurt to her feelings. So I just wrap my hands round her and give her good attention.

She believes every bit of what I say, especially the Bible stories and she asks a lot of sincere questions. She doesn’t want to offend me. I can see the expression on her face when I scare her with my legendary, “I will not play with you again”. Then I quickly add, “If you are a good girl.”

I’m talking about my little cousin. And also about children generally. I’m fascinated by their simple lives, yet more interested in Jesus’ instruction about the kingdom of God, He said: “I tell you the truth, you must change and become like little children. Otherwise, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

I love kids.
They point me to the kind of character God wants me to have. Unlike grownups – once we cross the toddler years, the innocence fades. We begin to think we can handle life ourselves. We plague ourselves with doubts within and fears without. We always ask why? before we do what God says. We begin to question and sulk terribly at every reprimand. We do things in our own way – and we self-destruct.

How do we receive God’s kingdom [all of God’s plans, graces, promises, purposes and blessings for our lives]? It is to accept it in the simplicity of a child – with utmost trust and happiness and eagerness.

If we say that God, the father has our best interest at heart, then, shouldn’t you, the child ought to believe him completely?

Happy children’s day!
Toluwanimi

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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