Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, NIV 1984).
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3–4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Remember playing in the sandbox as a kid? Simple fun. Hours of contentment. A happy place. Ever wonder what happened a long the way? One of the core values we’ve adopted at my work is that “we play nice in the sandbox.” Of course, this particular sandbox is our office. But there a many other sandboxes out there. Our neighborhoods, churches, schools, clubs, communities. Jesus put it another way. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.
So how’s the “play” going in these sandboxes? Are we “playing nice” in them? Are there those we do not allow in our sandbox? Whatever happened to the acceptance and innocence of the sandboxes of our childhood? Yes, I know. Sometimes we were selfish in the sandbox. Sometimes we fought with our friends in the sandbox. Sometimes it ended up with us throwing them out of our sandbox. But somehow, we ended up playing with them again in the sandbox. Wounds and grievances were easily forgotten back then.
My Advice – Perhaps we should bring childhood sandbox etiquette into all of our “adult” interactions. Perhaps we would see a bit more of the “kingdom of Heaven” here on earth. We sure could use it.