Become Like Children

Kids' Stuff 357

“When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because of our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of human limitations.

Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves.”

~ Henri Nouwen

A child feels what it feels.  Happy. Sad. Hungry. Angry. Scared. Loved. Children are humble. They know no other way to be. If we accept our role as God’s children, we accept ourselves fully. We are humbled before the mysteries of life and stop clinging to a false sense of control.

Get mad. Get sad. Get happy. Get angry. Get scared. Get loved. Become like children. It’s not rude or wrong but simply real. Once we accept the reality of our human limitations, we can get over it and get on with loving this life we have been given. No apologies.

“Truly I tell you, unless  you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

~ Matthew 18:1-13

Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase “Grow up” doesn’t it? 🙂

PS – I’m pretty sure this isn’t a license to be a brat though. Remember that before you choose to throw a tantrum. 😉



  1. Maybe the true meaning of “grow up” is to accept that you are a child of God and must learn to recognize and accept that place in this world. In our hearts we know this to be true but putting it to practice is what we have to learn, over and over.

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