There is something special about children. I have watched my kids how they behave and am amazed sometimes of the things they have taught me which I want to share. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ said something that I believe is still applicable even today and it’s about children. Jesus Christ told the disciples, “Unless you become like little children you can’t the kingdom of God.”
What did He mean? This is something adults need to think, reflect and imagine. He said you have no chance of success if you never act like a child. You are going to fail in your life, even if you pray, your total chance is zero. I believe no matter how old you are; you need to pick and apply these lessons. Every adult must put aside their age or maturity outside but apply these ideas.
1. Curiosity: My young son is always asking questions. He wants to know somethings. And, the other day, he asked me, daddy where are you? I told him the answer but I could feel he was going to ask another question. What can adults learn from curiosity? Be curious; embrace childish curiosity. What will children do if they want to know something bad enough? You’re right. They will keep asking you until you satisfy them. Children will ask a million questions. And, they have many questions and they can drive you to the corner.
Children apply or use their curiosity to learn. Have you ever noticed that while adults are stepping on things, children are studying them or picking them wanting to know what it is? A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.
2. Excitement: My youngest son is an exciting lad. He even speaks so much. In our home, he probably speaks more than anyone else. We had a dinner sometime back and believe me, before the dinner he was all over the place. What can we learn from excitement? Adults need to learn by getting excited like a child. There is nothing that has more magic and interesting than childish excitement. How can anyone resist that kind of childish magic? You will pay attention to him when he comes to you. Now, once in a while I meet people who says, “Well, I’m a little too mature for all that childish excitement.” Isn’t that pitiful or bad? You have got to weep and cry for these kinds of people. All I’ve got to say is, “If you’re too old to get excited, you’re old.” Don’t get that old. We need to be excited about life and especially our goals.
3. Faith: My son also has taught me faith. He believes in me and his mother and sisters and brothers. I feel like faith is childish. How else would you describe it? Most adults have no or little faith. To me that is bad. Why can’t we be like children? I think the reason is too much experience and outdated information and knowledge. Adults too often have a tendency to be cautious or skeptical. Some adults even have a tendency to be cynical and defensive.
Adults say, “Yeah. I’ve heard that old positive line before. It will be a long day in June before I fall for that positive line. You’ve got to prove to me it’s any good.” See, that’s adult, but kids aren’t that way.
Children believe and think you can get anything. They are really funny and believe nothing defeats their parents. My son believes in me so much. If you tell them something, they will believe you. But adults will doubt and question. Do you see the difference? No wonder the Jesus Christ, master teacher said, “Unless you can become like little children, your chances, they’re skinny.”
4. Trust: Another thing about children is trusting. Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great advantage. If you tell them something, they never question. Sometimes, I have taken him to his school and I tell him, I will come pick you at 6 pm. He will not question.
5. Obey: This is the last lesson. Children are obedient. My son is amazing. If you give him a cup to carry to the sink, he will do it as fast as he can and return very fast to the living room. But, believe tell adults to write a report, complete a task, they will drag and sometimes refuse. No wonder, they have no opportunity to go beyond their current limits. They are more less finished.
In conclusion, curiosity, excitement, faith, trust, and obedience are important virtues to apply in life. That is a powerful combination to bring back into our lives.
Thank you, Dr. Samuel Odeke