Re-discovering the Child Within

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Insignifican ts(sic) is relative…creativity is imperative…go forth and create.”

Have you ever had times in your life when all you really want to do is find a quiet place to unplug in order to restore your energy flow? Or maybe you’re the type of person who gets rejuvenated by being with a group of people, or walking through a crowd of strangers.

So many times in our journey with God, we forget what it is to be a child again; to give into the moment and do something that may seem completely frivolous, or without purpose.  We’ve left behind what being a child is like and don’t have a clue how to recover it.

In her article, “Unlocking the Inner Child Within“, friend and writer SSpjut talks about the importance of re-discovering the child within;  What we do to unlock our inner child is not as important as recognizing that without he or she, we are like ships without rudders, inventors without passion. Unless we intentionally find the key that releases the god like creativity within us, what we produce will be more like death than life. And at the end of the day, is that really what any of us want?

From the moment the Father breathed life into His first children, His intent was that they tend to the earth and spend intimate time in His presence. But somehow , many of us have interpreted intimacy with Abba to be the same as studying for a test, or attending a meeting at work; all business and no pleasure.

“Even Jesus of Nazareth told those who gathered to listen,  that unless they became like little children they wouldn’t be able to understand, let alone enter into the kingdom of heaven.” SSpjut

Yet time after time, scripture tells us that Jesus loved to pull little children to Himself and remind the crowds, that it was in childlike innocence that we enter the kingdom of heaven.

Activation:

  1. Find a quiet place without distractions (this would be a good time to play soaking music) and spend a few minutes thanking the Father of Love for sending the Son of His love Jesus to pay the penalty for every sin, adopting you into His family of love and wanting to bring you into an encounter with His love.
  1. Knowing that you are intentionally love and cherished is the first step to recovering the joy of being a child of Abba. Rediscovering the simplicity is the next; when your heart is quiet and you sense the Father’s loving presence, realize that just as Holy Spirit has come to reveal Jesus and the Father, He has also come to establish you in childlike joy.

So what were some of the things you loved to do as a child that brought a sense of joy and childlike abandonment to your heart? With Holy Spirit’s help, go back and begin to recover the joy of your Abba Father.

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