Monday, August 13, 2012

Faith Like a Child

Audrey and I have a morning routine for getting ready for work and school. Usually, that consists of Audrey sleeping until I am completely ready. This morning, however, she was wide awake when I got out of the shower. She was sitting on the edge of the bathtub while I was putting my makeup on. All of a sudden she looks up at me and says "Mommy you are beautiful. Did you know Jesus loves you?". So often, she reminds me of Luke 18:17.

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Luke 18:17

How often have you heard the phrase "faith like a child"? I don't think that verse ever impacted me as much as it has since I have a child of my own. Fast forward to us heading to take her to school. We were listening to "The Message" on XM radio like we always do. The song "Does Anybody Hear Her?" by Casting Crowns starts playing and lyrics start jumping out at me. 

"Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even knows she's going down today?
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see? "

I thought about the reminder Audrey had given me earlier. "Did you know Jesus loves you?" and how much that had meant to me. It made me wonder how many people are struggling and hurting around us that we hurry by trying to keep up with our busy schedules. I wondered what kind of impact it would have on the world, if just once a day I took a leap of faith like my three year old daughter and just took the time to say "Did you know Jesus loves you?" even to a complete stranger. We never know what someone is going through and how much those simple words from my baby's mouth could mean to someone. Let's say that person decides to go to church or pick up a Bible because of those words, and then they become a believer and ask Jesus to lead them. They begin to follow the Leader. I was amazed at the thought of the impact that could be brought about if every one of God's children took just a few minutes a day to remind someone, anyone, that Jesus loves them. So, today, that is my challenge to myself and to anyone reading this today. Make a point each day to say those words to at least one person. You never know what they may mean to another person. Step out of your comfort zone with that beautiful and innocent faith like a child.



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