Every Sunday morning I gather with the kids around some tables downstairs and we dig into scripture before we move onto the activities. We’ve been busy lately learning about prayer, about big faith moments and discovering what the meaning of Jesus and his gift to us is. It has been really fun to watch them grow and learn but the truth is I think I’ve learned the most.
You know that passage in scripture where Jesus says we need to become like little children?This one:
I think these kids have given me a new understanding of what Jesus might’ve meant. As we’ve been talking about death and life, transfiguration and prayer I find myself asking (often really) what the kids would do if they had this happen to them in real life. I’ll give you a few examples:
What would you do if an angel showed up on your doorstep?
What would you do if Jesus showed up right here, right now?
Would you be able to follow God’s direction if he told you not to say anything about a miracle you had witnessed? (Transfiguration Sunday…)
Their answers are so uninhibited. They are so alive. They are exactly how we’re supposed to respond to life. What would you do if an angel showed up on your doorstep? The answer is scream. What would you do if Jesus showed up right here, right now? The answer is freak out. Would you be able to follow God’s direction if he told you not to say anything about a miracle that happened in front of you. The answer if no way, I would want to run and tell everyone!
They don’t lie. Well at least in Sunday School they don’t. They are honest and sincere in their reactions. They (like all of us) would freak out if something amazing happened and want to tell the world about it. They might scream if they met an angel. They would freak out and fall over if Jesus came into their presence. These kids don’t give me the rote answers you might expect. They are so honest and unafraid of anyone’s reactions. If you asked these questions at an adult Bible study I think you might get some different answers.
When was the last time you were honest with yourself regarding faith? Really honest and allowed yourself to ask questions when you didn’t know the answers. Have you shown who you truly are to the world? More to the point do you know who you are? Society tells us who we should be but we need to take time to meet ourselves and discover who God created us to be!
We are called into a life of passion and purpose where we share things we love, stories of joy and sorrow. But beyond this we are to share the great gifts we’ve been given so that others might know what it is to live in the truth. Imagine how different our lives would be if we allowed ourselves to let go of who we thought we should be and instead celebrated God and this great gift of life we’ve been given.