Become a child

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For the majority of my life, “you’re such a child” was thrown around as if it was a derogatory term. I was raised by those types of parents who think their baby is too “mature” for certain shows or activities. So in church, I was put in the teenagers Sunday school group. The boring one that sat around and read and talked about the Bible, rather than watching Veggietales like a normal 9 year old. Instead of watching Peter Pan and Show White, I watched the X-files and Star Trek because cartoons were too kiddy.

The older I’m getting, the more it seems that innocence and humility or not knowing is more admirable than an aura of wisdom. True wisdom, after all, like Socrates exclaims “I know nothing!” and continues on the daily to learn and grow. The most wise individuals I’m sure we all know, will continue to say no matter what their age (even the ones in their 90’s) that they truly know nothing at all.

Ironically, the Jesus’ writings in the Bible likewise refer to a child-like attitude as desirable:

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.

I rarely hear a child waking up dreading another day. Or fretting about being an adult or if they’ll ever get married.

Yet somewhere in between teenage life, and young adulthood, we loose out innocence and optimism for life. Don’t we? Life starts looking bleak and a struggle to rise from the top.

Whatever happened to the days of imagination and days that seemed to last forever? Adventure and discovery? Absorbing like a sponge? Afterall, medicine used to think at a certain age we stopped growing neural patheways – but now realizes this is just not true! We’re not done after we hit adulthood, we can continue growing and learning.

What do you think? Naive? Immature? Admirable or “childish”?

Thoughts?

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10 thoughts on “Become a child

    • Hello again, I see you ran away from our conversation.

      Do you mind replying my questions?

      Presuppositions and unpleasantness?

      Mind pointing out my comment(s) that give (s) you this impression?

      Offended?

      What makes you think that I am offended? What did you possibly say to offend me if I may ask? I think you’re the one who is offended because of the Bible quote I used to answer you question, which actually answered your question but you didn’t like it.

      On that note, why did you ask me to whom am I preaching the Gospel at first place because I find that question odd and inane, since blogs are meant for everyone to see and read; unless, of course, you ‘sensed’ me prohibiting certain groups from reading my blog.

      You are an ex-believer? Why ex? Can you share what made you reject the Gospel? Maybe I can help, or maybe I too need to reject it instead of wasting my time.

      You said: If you are preaching to the nonbeliever, then I would advise listening to the nonbeliever’s thoughts.

      Well, you haven’t given me your thoughts yet, have you? This is why I said, ask me if you have questions or suggestions, but instead you accuse me of something that you are (unpleasant and offended).

      • I answered your question in situ.

        I approved this because it’s always fun to see how my follower-base responds to such posts. 🙂

        Talk to ya soon. If you will, on your blog.

        Or here, I really am not overly concerned over which. Here would be more entertaining for me, and enlightening for you as this is my turf. Lots of unbelievers who can perhaps give you insight as to why I am, as a non-believer, very off-putten by your supposed mission of sharing the “good-news” to us non-believers. Because, if that is really truly your mission, I really suggest you listen to our advise in humility. Otherwise, you will never truly be able to reach us. 🙂 We give the best advise as to how to reach us, after all. One would think!

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