Consider the word "mentor" for a moment. What comes to mind? The dictionary defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted advisor; to advise or train someone, especially someone younger. Mentors come in the form of parents, teachers, coaches or supervisors. Children look to parents or other adults as mentors, knowing that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.
From the day that we were born, we have been in Christ's care. Babies are God's way of reminding the world that God is the most wonderful inventor, scientist, and artist. All the invisible, infinitesimal things that have to go right for a baby to be created and to enter the world happy and healthy are a testament to our God, whose eye is on the smallest details.
Mark 10:14b says "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." The kingdom of God belongs to people who are like little children. I would love to go back to daily recess and nap time, but that's not what Jesus meant. It also doesn't make sense that only innocent and immature people are part of the kingdom. What did Jesus mean when he said that the kingdom belongs to children?
- Children know they need help. They can't tie their shoes; they can't reach the upper shelves. We come to Jesus admitting we can't do life on our own.
- Children tell the truth. They haven't yet grasped the concept of "little white lies." Being part of God's kingdom means we are honest with ourselves and with God about our feelings and actions.
- Children imitate people they admire. Children pretend to cook, read, hammer, or teach, acting like the adults in their lives.
- Children trust absolutely. Jesus calls us to the same level of trust. Without examining every detail, we obey.
What childlike examples would you add to the list?
In what way is God calling you to be more like a little child?
What can you learn from interacting with younger kids?
Teach us, O Lord, to accept help, to be honest, and to trust you absolutely. Amen.