BY: CINDY SMITH
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BIBLE TEXT: Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: My life revolves around children now and I love it. Five months ago I changed careers and took a job teaching preschoolers. Little did I know that they would actually be teaching me. The Lord has used them to show me what true freedom, wonder, and unconditional love is. I see more and more every day why Jesus used a child as the example in Matthew 18. There is such a pure freedom and confidence in a child that the world seems to take away as you become an adult.
I participate in Buddy Break as often as I can because it is another avenue for me to be around children. Last month at Buddy Break I had the privilege of hanging out with one of the sweetest VIPs. Every month is amazing, but last month I truly got another taste of what Jesus was talking about in Matthew. While we were playing cars, my VIP nonchalantly said, “I love Jesus,” and went on playing. I was a little stunned at first and then said “I love Jesus too.” The innocence and freedom of my VIP saying that truly touched me. My first thought was how much different our world would be if we walked around with that same freedom. Think about it. If some random person walked up to you or you walked up to some random person and said “I love Jesus” what would the reaction be? I’ve been guilty of holding my love of Jesus back from the world for fear of looking weird. I talk freely about Him when I’m around likeminded people, but what if I had the freedom the children in my life have? I believe that freedom is what Jesus is calling us to.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Jesus said “unless you change.” I have to change. I have to humble myself. The only way to make a difference and walk out God’s plan for my life is to walk it out the way he describes it in Matthew…“become like little children.” I want to be free to be me. I watch children every day just being who they were created to be. I want that. I want to change the way I think, the way I have allowed the enemy and the world to make me think of myself. I am a child of God and I need to act like it.
PRAYER: Father God, forgive me for the times I have hidden you away in my heart and pulled you out when it was comfortable. Help me, Lord, to change. Remove the lies the enemy has planted and replace them with the truth that I am Your child. I want to be the child You created me to be…free, pure, loving and humble. Thank You, God, that You never give up on me. Let this be a day that I make a difference for Your Kingdom. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy and her husband, Doug, have been married for 17 years and have one daughter: Colbi. They moved to Tennessee 15 years ago from Ohio and have attended Life Assembly since April 2007. Cindy works as a preschool teacher and loves every day she gets to spend with the children. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.