Last Sunday, I watched and listened as Bill explained to Blakeleigh, our 5 year old granddaughter, about our involvement withTruck Stop Ministries. He used the map to show her where we live in Louisiana. Then he showed her the path that we had already traveled and where we would be traveling next. She just accepted it all and was glad to know that we weren’t going out of the country. And she was also excited to take the atlas home with her so that she can follow us on our next trip.
As I watched, I was reminded of what Jesus said about the little children and how we needed to have the faith of a little child. Matthew 18:13-14 says, “Verily, I say unto you. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 18:17 says. “Verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”
But what if, not only with faith we became as little children, but also with love? Blakeleigh was not quite a year old when her Papa passed away. Her Papa loved her and she loved him. In fact, I always say that God sent Blakeleigh to us when he did because he knew we were going to need some happiness in our lives. Will she remember her Papa? Yes; because we will tell her stories and show her pictures. She will always know how much her Papa loved her. But in the meantime, she loves Bro. Bill. And she loves him unconditionally. She doesn’t think of him as a replacement for her Papa. She just simply loves him.
In fact, if you know Blakeleigh, you know that she finds someone to love everywhere she goes. Blakeleigh doesn’t judge people by the way they look, she doesn’t hold grudges against people, she doesn’t dislike people just because someone else does, and she doesn’t wait for people to do something for her before she decides that she likes them. Actually, Blakeleigh is usually the one who initiates the contact with a new person. What if, we all loved as quickly and as unconditionally as a child? Can you imagine how much better our world would be?
God gives us all an infinite amount of love, yet, sometimes we act as if we are afraid to show love to certain people. What are we afraid of? And why would we be afraid to show love? Especially since Jesus, when questioned, told the multitude that the first and greatest commandment was to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second was to love thy neighbor as thyself. (Matthew 22:36-40)
So the next time you are struggling to love someone, ask yourself this question. What would a child do?