The year 2015 began with my quest to discover what the word “simplicity” meant .
I asked myself these questions: How do I keep it simple? In what ways does my life, my marriage, my walk with Christ need to be simpler?
Simple living, I discovered, is what Jesus described in Mark 10: 16:
Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
The challenge in 2015 was how to live a simple life in the face of challenging circumstances. What I learned is that
Living simply is not the same as simply living.
To say it another way,
Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. ~ Robin Sharma.
There is no better example of child-likeness than observing children at Christmas. The excitement, anticipation, joy, wonder, laughter and glee they exhibit should bring a smile to even the severest of Scrooges.
When asked by his disciples who got the highest rank in God’s kingdom, Jesus responded by calling a little child to Himself.
I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.
How Do We Become Child-like?
Jesus tells us that if we are child-like, then we are trusting, humble, loving, forgiving. A young child knows no other way.
How does a child handle forgiveness?
Once he gets over screaming Mine, he is generally quick to forgive and move on to another toy or activity.
Do an exercise with me….
Picture a young child. What characteristics stand out?
Laughs easily and often
And He will show how much he loves you
and how happy he is with you.
He will laugh and be happy about you,
Since God created all of us in His image, I think the joy, laughter and humility given to children is part of His very DNA.
When this realization begin to dawn on Dennis, he found a painting by Willis Wheatley, called “The Laughing Jesus.” It hangs in our living room as a reminder that the Lord does indeed laugh with joy over us!
I need another year (or two, *or more*) to learn to walk in the simplicity of a child. I need to go back to square one and ask Jesus to show me how to live simply.
In 2016, I want to play more. Laugh more. Be quick to forgive. Judge less.
I’m still asking myself the same three questions I asked at the beginning of last year.
Let’s practice child-likeness in 2016.
You are loved,
Please check out this link that shows exactly what I am trying to write about: http://www.godisreal.today/pictures-of-jesus/