People were bringing babies to Jesus so that he would bless them. When the disciples saw this, they scolded them. Then Jesus called them to him and said, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.”
Cindy Lou Who: [kisses the Grinch on the cheek] Your cheek’s so . . .
The Grinch: I know. Hairy.
Cindy Lou Who: No.
The Grinch: Greasy? Stinky? Do I have a zit?
Cindy Lou Who: No. Warm.
Perspective. What an interesting concept. Perspective carries so much weight on how we interact and respond to the world around us. It is something that you might not ever think about changing. We walk around every day unaware of the perspective we carry on life and the world around us. In this scene, we witness a change in perspective. Cindy Lou Who melts your heart in this scene when she opens up Grinch’s eyes to the warmth of his cheeks — not the zits, the hair, or the grease — but the warmth. Could this be one of the reasons Jesus calls us to welcome children in the Luke 18:15-17 passage? Jesus tells us, “God’s kingdom belongs to children like these” (v.16b). I’m not sure if you’ve ever volunteered with or raised children, but their perspective, which is so fresh and often untainted, will stop you in your tracks at times and cause you to think for a minute. We often equal the welcoming of this childlikeness to simple, easy thoughts and ideas on God. As great as those can be, I’m not sure that is always the case. I am suggesting that maybe Jesus is calling us to welcome a profound change in perspective on God, life, the world around us, and ourselves. God’s kingdom itself changes our perspective and gives us new and fresh eyes to see with. Our perspective influences how we interact with the world. How is God calling you to change your perspective on life, the world around you, yourself, and God this Advent season? As God’s people, may you begin to see the warmth in all things.
God, change my perspective. Give me clear, fresh, child-like eyes with which to see the world that you have made. Help me see the warmth of your children over the coldness of hearts. Help me to see your kingdom in new ways. Amen.