Childlike Innocence

People tell us to grow up, act more matured, and leave our old childish ways – but why is it that when we see children doing things out of impulse and having outbursts of laughter, we wanna go back to being little children again?

People do not take children seriously. They get sentimental in every little thing they do – whether they waste rice by seriously making balls out of them using their two cupped hands, clumsily learn how to walk, cry over their departing yaya, give you a weed flower they saw while they were frolicking outside, or get angry at themselves for not drawing a stick figure very well. There is something about them that makes them special. Yes, they are cute – but is it only because of their littleness, chubbiness, and incomplete sets of teeth? They have something that adults do not have – and that something can just melt or touch you.

Just look at that sleeping boy above. His softness, vulnerability, helplessness, naiveté, and mildness makes one want to protect that little one and make him smile after he wakes up. He isn’t exposed yet to the harshness of the world. He knows little of evil, and always trusts that everything will have a happy ending like the fairy tales read to him by his mother. And although we would want him to stay like that forever, every single child wants to grow bigger so quickly that they may do anything they want without any restrictions.

They don’t stop themselves. They just do what they want. They eat when they are hungry, and stop when they are full. They sleep when they are tired, and play when they have that sudden burst of energy again. They won’t stop exploring what the world has to offer them and they’d want to learn anything they want to learn. They would beg you to teach them how to draw, then clap their hands with you after they finish coloring their masterpiece that just looks like a doodle. They’d sing their lungs out even if they’re already off the melody and dance as if the world is their audience. They don’t worry about their self-image. They laugh when they are happy, cry when they are sad, and have fits of temper when they are angry. To adults, having no control of emotions is despicable, because they say that adults are cool, impassive, and invulnerable. Children just don’t care about what other people say. Emotions are human qualities. Self-expression to them is boundless.

"And Jesus called a child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as a little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." - Matthew18:2-6

Jesus loves the innocent little children. He wants us to humble ourselves like them. Suppose that the grubby little boy above just had his father killed by perhaps an enemy, his mother had an incurable illness, and they are living in extreme poverty. Yes, you may see him cry, for he isn’t still aware of the macho image that he has to project. He will cry because of sorrow, helplessness, and self-pity. However, children are still incapable of holding grudges and taking revenge. If ever that little boy has been taught by his mother about the greatness of Jesus’ love to him and praying to Jesus, he may just put all his worries to Him and keep his mild temper, being just an innocent little darling.


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