No one talks about being wise anymore and it is not a character trait sought after. The reason is that wisdom comes with age and no one wants to grow old. The race to find eternal beauty and longevity of life continues on since the beginning of time. The energy of youth is sought after but only ever after having lost it.
However, the most precious of God’s creation are the children. The young are fools yet they are the ones most capable of love. The young are innocent, full of hope, belief, trust, and are able to embrace the pure joy of God’s creation.
“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”
Ironically, secular society and Jesus agree on this – that it is the children who are most fortunate of all. I want to say that most children do not experience a brutal and harsh world until they grow older but unfortunately, that is a very Western way of thinking. Children all around the world are experiencing war every day and their childhood is full of terror, confusion, danger, and loss.
I cannot speak to those children from my bubble of an American suburb having never experienced terror and war as they are experiencing it now. All I can say is that the Lord is holding those children in the palm of His hands.
Especially because childhood is not a universal right for all kids, when we are able to preserve the childhood of the youth in our own lives, I believe we are called to work effortlessly to ensure a safe, secure, and joy-filled youth.
When we protect the children, we protect the kingdom of God. When we encourage the children, we encourage the kingdom of God. When a child grows up surrounded by unconditional love, we are returning the unconditional we receive back to the kingdom of God.
When we begin to believe that we know all the answers, that we know what is right, that we know exactly what to do, we must try to remember that we are not in control. We are children who grew up and forgot what it means to be a child. We have forgotten what it feels like to depend on someone and be cared for, unconditionally, no questions asked.
Adults forget how to trust when their faith in another human being is shattered. Adults forget their true worth because people forget how amazing it feels to hear, “I love you for you.” We try to connect through technology, lustful physical connections, shallow conversations, and conditions. Adults are continuously forgetting about the kingdom of heaven and its accessibility because we are always forgetting that we once lived and loved as children. We think that because we grew up, our claim to the kingdom of heaven has diminished. That could not be further from the truth.
Jesus continuously calls our names, waits for us, and is ready to embrace us. We are the ones that need to turn around and acknowledge Him.