But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14

Today’s Scripture: Many years ago as a six-year-old in kindergarten, my granddaughter, Amanda, determined she would take phonics to a new level. Her mother, Julie, bought her a book she had loved as a child. She told Amanda to keep it on a shelf until she could pronounce all the words. Amanda took that as a challenge and started through this 5th or 6th grade reading-level book. She spent an entire Saturday sounding out the first page! One of the words she learned was “author.”Later, she was with her daddy selling tickets for a school fundraiser. At the end of her little sales talk, the woman politely declined. But Amanda said, “Would you like to make an author?”

She meant offer, of course, but the lady was so tickled she gave Amanda a donation. As they walked back to the sidewalk, Amanda said, “Daddy, I didn’t mean to say ‘author;’ I meant to say, ‘Would you like to make a Dalmatian?'”

Children are so refreshing. They see things for what they are. That is why Jesus compared the kingdom of Heaven to a little child. We need to approach life with this same innocence, this same joy-filled attitude. But this takes a conscious, daily decision on our part because we are prone to worry, despair, and frustration.

I encourage you to look at life from a child’s viewpoint today. Then you will discover fresh joy in your walk with the Savior.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder