Psalms 31, 35
1 Corinthians 14:1-19
“He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’ ” (Mark 9:36-37)
When I think about children I think about joy. Every time I see children I notice how happy they are. They are able to find joy and happiness in most situations. We adults have "learned" to filter out most of the joy in life.
This past Sunday my kids were in church, being themselves. Several people around us were smiling at them and trying hard not to burst out laughing. While the timing was not great, the feelings of joy and happiness were contagious.
I read a statistic recently that noted children laugh over 10,000 times a day, and adults laugh less than 30 times a day. HOW SAD IS THAT? I believe that there must have been incredible periods of joy throughout Jesus' life -- joy at the miracles performed, joy for and from the people whom he healed and touched in his powerful way, and the ultimate joy of taking on our sins so that we may be saved.
When I read the passage about taking in a child, in Jesus’ name, I thought of all the joy that comes with a child and all the joy that comes with taking Jesus into your heart. Not having Jesus in your heart is like laughing only 30 times a day. I am thankful that my life is full of joy, and I will strive to take the filters off and regain the complete joy that only children seem to have in the full embrace and love of Jesus.