Childlike

beck-bennettKids say the darndest things.

By now you’ve probably seen the series of AT&T commercials featuring a droll corporate everyman interviewing a series of elementary school children. The man in the suit asks kids questions like “What’s better – doing two things at once or just one?” He typically receives the answer you’d expect from a 6-year-old.

These commercials are the greatest thing ever:

(Click here if you can’t see the Youtube video above.)

All of this is to promote how even little kids are smart enough to realize AT&T’s products are superior to other phone companies. The commercials may not be super effective in mobilizing you toward AT&T, but they do illustrate just how insightful kids are. They also provide a great lesson to us about wonder.

Imagine this commercial recast with grownups. How dull would the answers be?

Or better yet, imagine adults giving the same answers as the kids. We’d be sending these adults off to the asylum (even though we’re all a little crazy).

What happened to us? What happened to the wonder of a child which used to fill our eyes and color our vocabulary? Who told you to stop having a childlike faith?

It wasn’t Jesus. He once told His disciples “whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). He encourages us to think like a child.

And as AT&T’s commercials show, children are bold. They are silly, but they are honest. They are unashamed of their answers to questions, even if they don’t make sense.

No one has told them their ideas are stupid yet. No one has beaten it into their brains that they have to conform to society. They’re free to be exactly who God made them to be.

Children are also starved for attention. They want to be famous. They fall all over themselves seeking the attention of grownups, desperate to get a laugh or a smile or any sign of affection.

Kids long for love from their superiors. Their hearts crave it.

God wants us to be that way about Him. He wants us to long for Him.

The attention your heart craves can only be found in God. You are already famous in God’s eyes. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. As Max Lucado puts it in his wonderful children’s book God Thinks You’re Wonderful, “If God had a wallet he’d carry your picture around in it.”

Having the faith of a child doesn’t mean being foolish or uninformed or immature. It means being fearless and unashamed. It means being bold and brave and honest with your requests and your answers to God.

It means living your life for His attention, and knowing He is well pleased with you, His beloved child.

What do you think Jesus meant when He talked about the faith of a child? 

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