On Being Childlike

We often see infants as helpless and dependent on adults. We see them as cute, as guileless and as innocent as angels. In fact, infants have a lot to teach us it we just pause and reflect.

We have coded in us everything we need to survive. Each person has his unique DNA that describes the person that he is and will be. We have it in us what we need to live a full and meaningful life.

An infant grows in its mother’s womb until it is time to be born. From the mother’s egg cell and the father’s sperm cell, a new life is created and nurtured in the safety and comfort of the womb. Suffused in the womb’s ambient light and nourished by the mother’s loving care, the new life slowly matures into an infant.

All infants are thrust into the world assured of their mother’s love and care. No infant is ever born with hatred or anger in its heart. He only remembers the safety, warmth and loving embrace of its mother’s womb. Somehow, as we grow up we forget all of that and learn hatred, anger, selfishness, greed and all the weaknesses that makes our lives miserable.

Being child-like is being able to capture and re-learn what we have always known from birth. We were born out of love and to love, not out of hatred or anger nor to give in to hating or to ill temper. We were born to bring life and light to the world, not death nor destruction to people and things around us. We were born for joy and happiness, not to a life of misery and pain.

The Lord is kind and merciful.
~ Psalm 103
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Matthew 11:25-27
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