Are the children in your community just kids?

It might appear that children are the least powerful people in society. They have no money, no connections, no positions of influence. They are smaller than, and not as strong as, adults. They don't have titles or make decisions about law or commerce. Adults sometimes treat them as if they don't exist, minimizing them by saying things like "They're just children."

Children, however, are whole individuals, fully capable of expressing God's goodness. As such, they are able to make meaningful contributions to our world. As the image, or idea, of God, divine Mind, everyone can express intelligence, clear thinking, and inspiration. As the reflection of Love, we all can sincerely express care for our fellowman. All individuals, including children, who express these qualities, bring the leavening, healing influence of Christ to their own lives and to their communities.

A commitment to doing good is very natural to all of God's children and involves the childlike qualities of humility and love. Jesus especially recognized and appreciated the qualities of children. He said, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:4). It is easy to see the benefits that our communities will experience with the freer expression of these pure, childlike qualities. Communities will be real neighborhoods where people know, love, and care for each other.

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October 20, 1997

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