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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

The disciples were always jockeying for position.  They all wanted to be the first, the best, the closest to Jesus with a high position in the Kingdom.  So we can imagine their surprise at the answer Jesus gave  to the question in Matthew 18:1, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Jesus answered:

 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!

Jesus, Matthew 18:1-7, New International Version, accessed from BibleGateway.com

Children are a blessing from God and parenting is a sacred trust and a great responsibility.   Jesus welcomed children.

We have seen throughout our study of the life and teachings of Jesus so far that it is not the rich and powerful who will be first in the Kingdom of God.  It will be the meek, lowly, humble, peace-loving and childlike who have overcome the temptations of this world to become hardened, angry, greedy and violent who will lead the way into the kingdom of God.

 

Dig a Little Deeper:  

What have you learned about the Kingdom from watching children”

 

 

Dance!

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Dance. Dance for the joy and breath of childhood. Dance for all children, including that child who is still somewhere entombed beneath the responsibility and skepticism of adulthood. Embrace the moment before it escapes from our grasp. For the only promise of childhood, of any childhood, is that it will someday end. And in the end, we must ask ourselves what we have given our children to take its place. And is it enough?”
― Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box Miracle: My Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing and Hope

Let’s Play!

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

When is the last time you actually played?  I’m talking with wild abandon here.  Like a child.  Not worrying about the cares of the world, just having fun.

This month let’s play.  Let’s pump our legs on a swing to see how high we can go.  Let’s color outside the lines.  Let’s just have fun.

If you have trouble letting go of adults rules, shoulds, shouldn’ts and have to’s  our daily posts will help you with that.  There might be games, songs, arts and crafts, even a few surprises.

So join us every day this month and let’s play!

—The Robbins

 

Activities to Teach Children to Care for the Earth

It is important that we teach our children that it is our responsibility to care for the earth.  I don’t think you can start too young with this.  Keep it positive, and show not only by words but by example ways that we can help the planet.  This is not something we can leave to the schools, we must teach these things at home.  The following are links to activities that you may find helpful.

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth/index.html

http://tinkerlab.com/fifty-earth-day-activities/

http://greenliving.about.com/od/greenprograms/tp/earth_day_kids.htm

http://www.parents.com/blogs/toddlers-kids/2015/04/16/fun/earth-day-activities-for-kids/