How Do We Know God? As a Little Child
by Mary Beth Singleterry
Have you ever watched little children learn how to walk? Every time they flop down to the ground — in a moment’s time, they are up trying once more! Do they get discouraged over how many times they might have failed? Do they give up after a few tries? Do they blame others for their difficulties? Are they self-conscious that they might not look very graceful? Do they even wonder, “What’s wrong with my legs?!” No, of course not — silly questions! Little children are pure and free from such cluttered and negative thinking. Somehow they just know if they keep on trying, they will get there — they will achieve their goal, they will be victors! And before too long they will be taking that first step!
In the Bible Jesus says no one will enter the kingdom of God unless they become as a little child. And in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy states, “Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness to right. While age is halting between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards the truth.”
The next time you are confronted with a problem, remember this. Become as a little child. If you should fall down, quickly get up again (and if need be — again, and again!). Don’t fuss or worry. Don’t ask who, why, when, or how. Have the spirit of victory within you; keep the high goal in mind. Be humble. Be natural. Be your happy, carefree self, as God made you. Take your Father’s hand and, as a little child, trust His ever-present goodness. With this childlike attitude, God will lift you up and out of any problem. Guaranteed!