THE VALUE OF THE CHILD THOUGHT

The disciples of Christ Jesus once asked him (Matt. 18:1), "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And we are told that, calling a little child to him, he pointed to the humility of the child thought, saying, "Whosoever... shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." It took the wisdom of the master to recognize the value of the child thought, to see that its innocence and purity and teachableness are nearer the truth of being than is the resistant adult consciousness, which has often accepted worldliness and sin. Continuing his discourse, Jesus said, "In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

Are we not apt to discount the value of the child because of the immaturity of his human intellect? We need to respect the child's spiritual quality of thought, to look up to it with reverence, and to emulate its unspotted character. No doubt if we did so the child would respond to this right attitude and value his own innocence more highly. As he developed he would cherish his nearness to God's kingdom and cling to the childlike qualifies that link him with it, rather than hasten to depart from them.

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January 12, 1952
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