A Child's Heart.
Don't have the mind a child, but have the heart of a child.
I was thinking about the paradox of how a child's ways are viewed in the bible. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:11 "When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things."
However, Jesus said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3-4)
There are adults who still behave like they are kids, in an immature way. There are adults who have decided to stop growing. There are grown people who no longer want to grow up, and have thrown away wisdom. This isn't what God desires.
There was a point in your life, even if you don't remember, even if it was only hours after your birth, when you were full of joy.
I didn't have the most lovey dovey upbringing, but I do remember moments when I would anticipate great gifts and wonderful things happening in awe and wonder. Do you remember what it felt like to not have a care in the world?
But then, life happens. Things happen. Bad things might even happen. We grow callous in our hearts. We become heartless. We become numb. We don't care about much, or anything at all. Even if life is good, maybe it got boring, and now we're just living day to day. Is there more?
A baby, toddler and child are supposed to be protected. If you were, you had someone making sure you didn't run in the street, fall down something, hit a sharp table corner, etc. If you weren't protected, if you were abused, you may wonder if anyone cares.
As we get older, no matter what upbringing, our intellect takes over. We decide we know what's best for ourselves now; we protect ourselves. Whether it's because we had people taking care of us, and now we're ready to take care of ourselves, or because no one seemingly cared about us, so we've been taking care of ourselves.
This has a direct connection to the way we relate to God and his love for us. This has a direct connection to the way we relate to God and his promises for us. This has direct connection to the way we relate to God and his process for us.
In our hearts, we have strayed away from being childlike. God created humans to have hearts overflowing with love, awe, wonder, anticipation, excitement, joy, etc. We start off like that but get off the track, which led Jeremiah to write: "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 17:9)
This is why it's important to have our hearts chase God's heart, like David. (Acts 13:22).
And since Jesus is God revealed on the earth, when he said become like children, he's showing us the Father's heart. He wants us to totally trust in him. He wants us to have fun again, to relax and enjoy life. Do you remember simple things like snacks and cartoons? God wants us to realize he knows best, and he wants the best for you. He has the best for you. God doesn't want you to have a care in the world.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7