Ask a child, who usually drives you to sports practice or your friend’s house or the movies, and they’ll reply, Mom or Dad. Ask them where they get their clothes or favorite toys and the reply will be, Mom or Dad bought them for me. Children know they receive all this from their parents. Even if they don’t seem grateful, they still know it.
As I became an adult I began to think that as my career progressed and I could afford more nice things, I did it all myself because I earned them. I forgot that all good gifts come from God. It’s so easy to cling to my “stuff” and not share with others because it’s MY stuff. Everyday I receive food and shelter and so many good gifts including the gift of life itself. And it’s easy to get so busy we forget to thank God for all of these gifts. We have to become like our children and say “thanks”.
Today let us stop and realize that everything comes from God and belongs to God. The person who realizes that everything comes from God (the way little children realize they get everything from their parents) – will be great in the the kingdom of God. Maybe that’s why he says we have to become like children !
DeColores, Deacon Doug