My little girl (reblogged)

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.
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 weekend,
Toluwanimi

My little Girl [Snippet Post]

colourful-kids

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’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 weekend,

Toluwanimi

I’m thinking of kids

I’m supposed to be studying hard for my exams – that’s less than a week away. But here am I, my histopathology textbook and notes staring at me and my laptop opened in front of me. I can’t resist my laptop, so I open Microsoft word and pour the words through the keys.

I’m thinking of kids.

Oh, did I hear you say kids?

Yeah, K-I-D-S. Though someone said they are not kids but children. Yeah, but kids remind me of the frolicking minis gamboling around the room. Last Christmas, I took time off and went on a retreat across the Niger. At my uncle’s house – what a retreat. He’s got two beautiful children. Of all I experienced on the trip and my holiday, the most remarkable was the lessons I learnt from my little cousins – I must say this because it’s burning within me. I love kids.

i love kids

They are innocent.

They are simple.

They do not really have their own agenda [they hold onto every ‘mummy says we are going to the cinema today,’ and look forward to it]

They are obedient.

They act naughty at times, but when you correct them, they sincerely apologize [yes, my cousins do anyway].

They can turn the room upside down but with good intentions [they just want to play and explore]

They believe every bit of what you say.

They don’t want to offend you.

They point me to the kind of character God wants me to have, and I can summarize the points in this scripture:

Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you must change and become like little children. Otherwise, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  – Mat 18:3 [NCV]

Ponder on this verse, what does this mean to you?

Thanks for learning from HeirWalk. I’m going back to my books!

Toluwanimi