He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 18:3-4
It’s amazing how someone as extraordinary as Jesus Christ recognized the value in the way children experience life. At what other stage in our lives do we effortlessly live by blind Faith and optimism? When is there another period in our lives that we easily find joy and contentment in the simple things? At what other time in our lives do we have complete trust that everything will work out for our good? CHILDREN LIVE BY FAITH!
What I find so special about the Faith of children is that it transforms them into Dream Chasers… through their innocence and Faith, children truly believe that they can achieve any dream that’s placed in their hearts. Firefighter. NBA Star. Veterinarian. Magician. Gymnast. Cheetah Girl. Unicorn! In my case, I just knew I was going to draw cartoons for a living when I grew up (even though I couldn’t draw at all).
…But somewhere along the way we lose the Faith of our childhood. We get hit with innocence-shattering experiences that snatches us out of our narrow view of the world. We begin to live by what is expected of us in a society that uses status, money, and acceptance to measure one’s worth. And before long we stop chasing our own dreams and start chasing the dreams of others. No longer dreaming by Faith, we start to dream by expectation.
“When you cease to dream, you cease to live” – Malcolm Forbes
It took me a while to realize that I was no longer Dream Chaser… I became a Life Settler. I placed so much value in the illusion of success and satisfaction that I let go of my child-like Faith and stopped living my dream… Until now.
Right now, I’m daring myself to be childish in Faith! To wholeheartedly and stubbornly chase my dreams and live out the passion and purpose that has God placed on my heart. Without hesitation, worry, fear or doubt.
What dreams are you ready to chase?
*Part of being a Warr;or is being a Dream Chaser*