Becoming Childish

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When was the last time you were full of wonder?

This world is trying to strip that away from us you know.

It’s trying to make us grow up.  Trying to make us see things practically and “realistically.” Ironically, what it’s really doing is preventing us from seeing at all.

Dull. Boring. Flat. Mundane. Lifeless. If that’s what it means to be a citizen here…no thanks.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3 that we should become like children because we are far too grown up.

Children are often full of wonder. That’s why they are so lighthearted and full of energy that enables them to run. They aren’t like adults who are burdened down with every sin and weight that clings so closely (Hebrews 12:2).

Wonder leads children to grand curiosity and exploration. Because of this they are always learning and growing. Growing is so child-like. Adult’s are the ones that stop growing.

Maybe that’s why Proverbs tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge?” Fear in the Bible can often be interpreted as awe and wonder. Being full of awe and wonder at who God is drives us to learn and grow.

Wonder is the key ingredient to childlike faith. Is there really any other kind of faith?

I’m skeptical of anything that tries to minimize my wonder and faith. That doesn’t mean that I’m plopping myself down in a puddle of ignorance. I love learning, reasoning, and logic. True learning doesn’t minimize wonder, it fuels it. It’s the knowledge driven by pride that destroys wonder.

I think that many people are thirsty for wonder.I believe that this is why C.S. Lewis is so universally loved and admired. He had a sense of wonder that is sadly missing from so many. Even many within the Church. We’re all just a bit too grown up and parched because of it.

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.C.S. Lewis

In light of Lewis, I’ve been thinking about many of my heroes, the men and women who encourage me in the faith. There is a maturity about them that is so childish. As I press into knowing them, I’ve discovered that these people are full of wonder. They don’t seem to take as many things for granted. Their lives and relationships are so rich, dynamic, and vibrant. Their lives encounter the same pain and sin that we all face, but they are often so full of joy. I want to be more like that.

As we grow older we must fight to become more childish.

We must fight and pray for God to fill our eyes and our minds with wonder.

That why David prays in Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things out of your law.

This must mean that there ARE wonderful things to behold. Don’t you want to see them? Aren’t you curious?

This is why I love art and why I make music. Good art is able to capture and communicate a sense of wonder. That’s my hope with the Word in Worship. Not just that I would write songs that technically have the Word of God in them…but my prayer is that the Lord would continue to fill me with wonder with His words. That He would indeed open my childish eyes to behold the beauty His word reveals. After seeing, the hope is that we would then be able to communicate not only the truth, but the truth with a sense of wonder.

I am a warrior. A fighter for wonder. A creative with a desire to show the world that God’s Word isn’t stale because God isn’t dull. So I’m motivated each morning to pick up the tools of passion, excellence, and diligence as I seek to write and sing and connect with those of you who will listen.

Your decrees are wonderful, therefore I obey them.Psalm 119:129

The Word of God is wonderful because it reveals to us the one and only true and wonderful God.

Open our eyes Lord! Help us to become more childish. Forgive us for grown up pride. Fill us with wonder and delight at who You are.

Hopefully many of our songs communicate our wonder at who God is, but the song below is the one I think about most when I consider being full of wonder at who God is. As my son was forming and growing within Emily, the Holy Spirit took me through a season of being full of wonder at the fact that God is a the source of all life and growth. I hope that it will stir wonder in you today and encourage you to go sit with God’s word with the eagerness of child.

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