Tuesday, 22 March 2011

When you are small

My youngest son, Joshua has just turned 3 and he is now proudly telling everyone that he is a 'big boy.' Of course, with this, comes a whole lot of other interesting debates. For example, he now feels that he is too big for his car seat and he is big enough to swim by himself. If we allowed him free reign it would be extremely hazardous for him and it would make me lose even more hair (which I can't really afford right now!)

Interestingly, he has a perception that if he is now a 'big boy', that I will have a chance to be a 'small boy' again. So he says to me, "Daddy, one day, when you are small, you can ride in my car seat!" or "Daddy, when you are small you can come to my school." I am grateful for the thought, but no matter how much gym I do (or dieting) I will never fit into his car seat.

Physically, it is impossible for me to be small like a child again, but not spiritually. Didn't Jesus say this... “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)

What does this mean for us?
Interesting to think about, hey?

Living in grace,


Steven Jones said...

Hi Delme

It's not only when one is physically small and/or young that one feels one is "grown up". For instance, I've struggled with the fact that I've had to spend two years at SMMS. I mean, I'm 41 years old, have done a year in Circuit (Phase One), and just want to "get out there", so to speak.

However, I need to accept that there is a period where I need to be strapped firmly in the "car seat" of seminary before I can be allowed to sit in the "big chair" of Circuit.

So I understand your son's frustration - 'cos I feel it too at times!

I guess that "child-like faith" sometimes means accepting that one is still a child...


Delme Linscott said...

Thanks for your honest thoughts Steven. I have no doubt that when you are finally 'let loose' you will be a huge blessing to the people you minister too. Hang in there.
God Bless