A friend of mine shared the following thought with me:
There is a spiritual quality about children that defies understanding; we see it as innocence, sweetness, a willingness to believe, an ability to see beyond the physical boundaries, dreams so real they cry out in the night, and more. Children can step between heaven and earth with ease and bring a bit of it back with them each time. Often, I wonder if childhood isn’t so much about learning to be human, but rather about forgetting, or leaving behind the divine. Is this evidenced by how angels don’t frighten children, and yet every time an angel appears to an adult in the Bible the encounter begins with the angel saying, “be not afraid?”
As I reflected on my friend’s thoughts an interaction between Jesus and the disciples give us direction on how a Christian should approach life.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. (Matthew 18:1-3)
It occurs to me that what Jesus is telling us is that as we must retain the innocence of children as we grow into adulthood. Consider the faith that small children have in their parents. As children of God we should have the same measure of faith in God. If we do this, we will raise children that have the same faith. Once again, I am reminded of words from the bible that illustrate this principle. Paul writing to Timothy says, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” The book of Proverbs tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (KJV; 22:6)”
Just to share an experience I had earlier this week. I was attending a Rotary meeting and our club was recognizing a group of student leaders from Roswell High School. As we were eating lunch a young lady at my table took the time to bless her food before she ate. She followed her blessing by making the sign of the cross.
I want to share my reactions to that experience. First, I would conclude that this young lady comes from a home where their Christianity is openly practiced. Second, I wonder how the world would be changed if each of us were as willing to be as publicly open about exhibiting our faith as this young lady is. Third, it gives me hope that there are young people who are willing to “Lift High the Cross.”