Childlike Faith--Making Friends
My children are "church babies." It means they're growing up where the church building and the people in are another home. There are no strangers in church. Even if it's somewhere we're visiting.
For instance, a few weeks ago, when we were in West Virginia, we attended a Wednesday night Bible study where I spoke that Saturday. There were a few other kids there, though none of them exactly the same age as my children. And no other girls. My friend introduced my kids to their Bible teacher and they went. No questions asked. No worried clinging to my husband or me. They went to class.
It does a mama's heart good to see that. Especially since when they were younger, we did go through the phase where they clung and cried and didn't want to leave me.
And after services, they ran around and played with the other children like they had known them their whole lives instead of forty-five minutes.
Somewhere along the way, we grow out of that a little as adults. We start putting up walls and worries about what others will think of us. We forget that if it's church it's family, regardless of if it's the body we normally worship with or not. We're all knit together in Christ. But the concerns of the world and our image and how we want others to see us gets in the way.
Instead, we need to be more like kids. Kids don't see color or age or shape or anything else at first. They just see someone who is a potential friend. Especially if they meet that someone at a Bible class.
Now, I'm not recommending running around like wild maniacs after services, but I am recommending making sure we're looking for potential friends wherever we go. Forget the worries and cares. Be more like kids. Be friends.
Do you make friends easily? Do you wish you had a more childlike faith?
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