Recently, I read a sentence that knocked me off my feet. It is surely the most profound sentence I’ve ever read and I had to share it, and I had to understand it fully.
“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18.3 and Jesus, ACIM)
Do you get how HUGE that is? This is so huge, that I’m going to say it again with more clarity.
It will be impossible for you to experience the indescribable Love, Joy and Peace of Heaven, where all things fall into place, unless you become like a child.
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO HEAVEN!
Let me remind you that Heaven is a conscious choice that must be made by us. It’s not some walled off place up in the clouds where “good” people get to go when they die. Heaven is not a reward that you get later, if you’ve earned it.
God’s Love is Heaven. And it is yours for the taking.
I love clarity and I love simplicity so please allow me to continue breaking this down. It is the most important choice there is – so we should get really, really clear, don’t you think?
Heaven is available RIGHT NOW but I must become like a child to enter.
Do this ONE thing and you get to live in Bliss-town!
OK, YOU’VE GOT MY ATTENTION!
I want Heaven! I’ll do whatever it takes. I’m declaring this my #1 priority. If this is a choice I must make then I’m making it!
I will live like a little child.
I’m just not sure what that really means??????
I’ve heard it 100X but never put it into action in my life. I forgot how to be a child! I’ve stuffed my “innocence” into my “big girl pants” and it vanished!
We’ve squeezed our “wild selves” into business suits and grew up like we were told.
We now wear this protective shield of unawareness.
Jesus is telling us that we have to undo that in order to expose Heaven which is within you at this very moment, waiting, WAITING, on your decision.
Yes! I’m deciding today. Will you join me? Will you decide for Heaven with me? Let’s stop waiting. What, in hell, are we waiting for? LOL Jesus tells us that if we practice becoming childlike together, it’s extra potent and He promises to be right there beside us.
If you’re ready to join me, keep reading.
But let’s keep it simple and, most of all, let’s have some fun.
Start with this:
Think of YOU and God as you would think of a child and parent.
Got that? Now let’s move on.
Children trust their loving Mother and Father to completely take care of them, to protect them, to provide for them, to correct them when they’re wrong, and to love and cherish them.
Jesus is telling us that we need to have this same type of trust and faith in God. After all, we are His children.
Let’s examine the qualities of a child so we know what we have to un-do.
A child doesn’t know how to get where it’s going. The child needs to be led and the child follows, sure he is safe. There is something in the child that recognizes his inability to follow a path on his own which is frightening to him. A CHILD NEEDS SOMEONE TO HELP THEM FIND THEIR WAY BECAUSE HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHICH WAY TO GO. And if the child stumbles, we raise him up. If a child wanders off, we call him back
How to practice this quality: Stop thinking you know how ANY of this should go. You have no idea what is Real and your plans are frightening. Let yourself be led by your Father who knows the way. Trust God with everything. 100%! He will not let you fall or let you wander off and get lost.
BELIEVES WITHOUT COMPLICATION
A child takes what his father says to heart and without any doubt.
How to practice this quality: Ask and listen. The Truth is always simple. Stop analyzing God’s word and please, stop doubting.
UNTOUCHED BY CONCERNS OF THE WORLD
We have become cynical. We’ve invented judgments and grievances that close down our radiance. We’re taught to worry and fix because we’re told that everything is NOT how it should be. A child has yet to be touched by the concerns of the world. Jesus is telling us we can let that all go! Whatever it is, we can let it be.
How to practice this quality: Remember that the Truth of you is unlike the world in every way. Your meaningless thoughts have created a meaningless world. To release this world is to accept everything just the way it is. (Jesus calls this forgiveness). Then, our childlike radiance is returned.
RECEIVES WITH JOY, FORGETTING HERSELF WITH ABANDONMENT
Children are never self-conscious. They are wild! Children let ecstasy fill them to the tips of their fingers and toes. They see no limitations.
How to practice this quality: Stop cautioning yourself to be careful or realistic! Unleash your joy and wonder. If anyone tells you that you’re “out there”, say “Yea! Thank you!”
Little children recognize that they don’t understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means.
How to practice this quality: Don’t assume you know what’s going on here. Regardless what you’ve been taught, you don’t know what anything means. Rejoice in the freedom of that! Look on everything with wonder and ask the Holy Spirit to look with you.
CONTENT IN THE LITTLE THINGS
Kids will play for hours with a rock or a box. A child will have a blast with a pile of dirt.
How to practice this quality: Stop trying to fill your God sized hole with material possessions, relationships, busy-ness, prestige, etc. The simplicity of the present moment is the place where you experience God.
AND THAT’S IT! The most fun practice EVER.
This is so cool! Take a look at these 2 definitions of the word “innocent”:
Webster’s Dictionary: The state of being not guilty of a crime or wrong act. Lack of experience with the world. Lack of knowledge about something. BOOM!
A Course In Miracles: Innocence is wisdom because it is unaware of evil, and evil does not exist. DOUBLE BOOM!
So thanks for being here with me. Let’s be kids. If you slip back into adulting, just bring yourself back. Make Heaven your #1 priority! Climb out of the driver’s seat and into the Toddler Seat in the back. Kick your feet, grab a juicebox and joyfully go wherever God leads you. Keep it simple. Take a nap. Accept everything just the way it is and look upon all of it with fresh new eyes and wonder.
Let yourself be held in the Loving arms of your Father. Let Him take good care of you.
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”
If you’re still here and making this EPIC decision with me, I’d love to hear from you. Let your child come out to play with me! If you’re not ready, that’s totally ok! I’d love to hear from you too.
I love you so much,