The Faith of a Child

faith of a child

In Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus was speaking with his disciples about heaven. When the disciples inquired about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven, Jesus welcomed a child into their presence and replied, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”  (Matthew 18: 3-4)

After reading this, I began to think.  How does one humble himself and become like a child?  What child-like characteristic(s) must one possess in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?  In writing my list of “necessary” traits for the faith of a child, three stood out:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Untainted by Emotion

If we are not curious, we will never learn.

If we cannot forgive, light-stifling darkness will slowly begin to consume our hearts and minds, as our subconscious [unbeknownst to us] secretly dwells on the resentment that remains as a side effect of harboring negative feelings toward another entity.

And finally, if we allow these negative emotions to control us without conscious knowledge of the darkness that is gradually building inside our minds over time, we will begin to weaken and bend until we are no more useful than the keyboard I am typing this on.  We become like puppets, or ‘robots’ as I like to say, our minds being manipulated by the world around us.

All of us have “robot-isms” – it is our human nature.  However, unless you are able to recognize this fact and routinely acknowledge its presence, all while maintaining enough curiosity about its existence, in order to consistently seek out knowledge with the intent of continuously bettering yourself – you just might not enter the Kingdom of heaven (per Jesus).

Face your fears and find the beauty in them!

what would I remove from the world? (blogging challenge)

Green Tree

In response to HarsH ReaLiTy’s Blogging Challenge (found here), I’m beginning with Question #2.  Yes, I said I’m beginning with this question.  Because I found this post *most* inspiring, I hope to answer more than just one.  Check out the original post for all of the questions in the challenge.

2. If you could remove one thing, person, or place from this world what would it be? Would the intent be beneficial for everyone or just you?

I would remove addiction from the world.  Not just addiction from drugs and alcohol, but human nature’s addiction for things beyond our control in general.  We all have tendencies to place work, extracurricular activities, relationships, etc. before what is most important in life.  We search the world over, looking outside of ourselves to find the peace that can only come from looking within by studying our souls.

The intent behind this removal would not only be beneficial for myself, but for the world as a whole.  If people could cognitively focus all of their energy on bettering themselves and the reality surrounding them without the distractions of addiction, wouldn’t we all agree that the world would be a better place?