Child Like Faith

Jesus says in Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

I think back to when I was eight, the only care in my world was remembering to remind

myself to remind my father to wake me up in time on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Life

was good. I consider these “the good ole days.” Playing outside along side my brother, an

innocent game of tag quickly turned into a game of doctor. By the end of the game, either he or

I always ended up with a pretty wicked battle scar. In those moments of pain and hurt, I knew

exactly where to run, towards my father. He never failed to tell me it would all be okay and

somehow, he made it all seem better.

As I grew older, I continued to play games. (Granted, I grew out of games like tag and

doctor.) As I get older, I find life has a funny way of giving us new games to play. As I

participated in these games of life, I continued to fall down and get hurt. The difference is,

instead of seeking help from my father, now I would try and fix my pain/my problems on my own.

Why? I thought I could do it on my own. Why not continue to seek guidance and help from the

one who has provided it all along?

“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them...” Jesus knew what He was talking

about. Children have a knack for doing is what is right without knowing how or why that

something is right. God encourages us time and time again to have a faith much like a child,

without question and without hesitation. (Matthew 18:4, 1 Peter 2:2, Mark 10:15)

Having a faith like a child is simple. I spend too much time questioning God and asking

why. Spending time I could spend thanking Him for all He has done for me. When I was a child, I didn't

question God. I knew that He sent His only son to die for me and that He loved me and was in

control. When life gets busy, it is easy to complicate things. My encouragement is this: return to

the heart of worship. Simplify life. Read Matthew 22:34-40. This is a good starting point in

beginning a faith like a child. God gives us simple commands. Life gets hectic, God is faithful.

Jesus died on a cross for YOU. He made YOU. He loves YOU. He is in control. Period.

Ben Konfrst

UNI Sophomore

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