At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5
Our daughter and the kids rolled in around 3:00 Sunday afternoon; they rolled out around 3:00 today. In between, nothing short of 24-hours of “extreme grand-parenting!” Good grief, there is a good reason young people have kids.
At the same time, how great to have them here at Maul-Hall. The life, the energy, the constant learning, the purity of the way they love.
WE KNOW NOTHING! Sunday morning in church the visiting preacher (Jordan Davis from Union Seminary) talked about the huge gap between what we know and what God is willing to teach us. The foundational truth is that we have everything to learn. Fact is, our invitation into relationship with God sets the stage – at least it should – for constant inquiry, growth, reevaluation, readjustment, recalibration, questions, epiphanies, and more.
Learning is fundamental to the invitational, interactive, constantly challenging heart of our faith, and it must be paired with humility and an open spirit if we are to make much progress beyond where we currently stand.
David – not yet four, and Beks – just turned two, are growing in so many creative, imaginative, and constantly changing ways. Imagine if they stopped still at this point of their development, dug their heels in, and said – “If it was good enough for me as a two-year-old, then it’s good enough for me now. There’s really nothing we need to know. We’re never going to color outside of the lines, we’re committed to avoiding change at all costs, so we’re telling you right now you can keep your new-fangled ideas…”
NO WAY! Ridiculous, huh? But isn’t that how a lot of us tend to approach anything that rocks our ever-so-comfortable boat? Religion that sometimes looks more like arrested development than the Living Way of Jesus? Politics communicated with the petulance, egotism, and immaturity of a two-year old? Social policies anchored in an era when slavery was acceptable, women were considered property, people were routinely stoned to death, and bigamy was acceptable practice?
What’s cool about the grandkids is that they are growing like weeds, learning like PhD candidates, adjusting and readjusting on the fly, and wide open to a future they are increasingly equipped to embrace.
We could learn a lot from David and Beks. Maybe the first – and most important – lesson would be a teachable spirit, and to open ourselves up just a little more.