Monday, May 15, 2017

Childlike

To be “childlike” means to be marked by innocence, trust, and naivety.  I saw this expressed in my 6-year-old on Saturday.  

I ran a 5K that morning.  As I was getting ready for the race, my 6-year-old daughter was convinced that I was going to win.  I was not.  Last year’s winner of this 5K finished somewhere in the area of 17 minutes.  Let’s just say that’s a bit faster than my pace.  So, I knew that it would literally take a miracle for me to win.  My daughter thought I would win simply because I was “daddy.”  Her belief in me was marked by innocence, trust, and naivety.  She was just naïve enough to believe I could do it.  In other words she was expressing a childlike belief in me … her dad.

Is there a situation in your life right now where you need to be childlike with God?  Where do you need to be “marked by innocence and trust” and where do you need to be just naïve enough to believe that God really can make a difference? 

Francis Chan wrote:  “While it is true that we are humans like everyone else, it is also true that we are humans with the Spirit of God dwelling in us.  Yet, whether consciously or not, we essentially say to God, ‘I know You raised Christ from the dead; but the fact is my problems are just too much for You and I need to deal with them by myself.’” 

In this world, my heart is always going to drift toward self-reliance.  That’s “adult-like” … rational, logical, and pragmatic.   Of course we need to be all of those things at times, but not when it comes to faith.  A childlike faith sounds so much more exciting.  Childlike means I have a greater trust in God than I do in myself.  Childlike means that I have a greater belief in God than I do in myself.  Childlike means that it’s more about God than it is about myself.  Childlike means that I believe my heavenly “Daddy” can do absolutely anything … not only because He’s my Daddy, but also because He’s proven Himself more than capable of doing anything.  Childlike means that there’s nothing so big that He can’t do it and nothing so small that He won’t do it.


Lord, grow me up by helping me become more childlike.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ad-ven-cher

The word “adventure” can be defined as “a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.”  Well, today my wife left for an adventure. Over the next 5 days, she will be in AZ doing a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon with 4 other ladies from our church.  I have to admit, I’m pretty jealous, but could not be more excited for her and for my two young daughters … not because they’re going.  But, rather because they get to see their mom go.

When my wife (their mom) steps out on an adventure like this, it shows our girls that women are strong.  It shows our girls that adventure is not just for men.  It shows our girls that they can do hard things because they were meant to do hard things.  It shows our girls that their mom is brave and full of life.  It shows our girls that goals can be set and goals can be met and that they can take complete ownership of those things. 

Carol has trained for this.  She has walked up and down stairs with a backpack full of gallons of water.  She has prepared her body, her soul, and her mind.  My girls have watched all of this happen.  They have seen that we’re not entitled to anything and there are some things that we really have to work hard to achieve … and that is a good thing.

Carol will be sleeping outside … on the ground … in a sleeping bag … under the stars.  Seriously, how tough is that!  I love that my girls were asking her questions about that and wondering if she will get cold and wondering if the ground will be hard and wondering if she’ll be getting dirty and asking if her body will be soar.  The answer to all of those questions is “yes” … and yet they are seeing their mom’s willingness to step toward hard things and experience the adventure of a lifetime. I’m so proud of my wife and so excited for my 8 and 6 year-old girls and I cannot wait to see a desire for adventure continue to take shape in their lives. 

Besides talking to my girls about how much Jesus loves them and how much we love them, I regularly say to them that “Yauger girls are pretty, smart, and strong.”  My prayer is that every day they will become more and more grounded in the gospel and that the truth of God’s love for them will inspire them to live new and brave adventures every day. 

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