Continuous Conversion – Devotional for Tuesday, December 28, 2010

. . . unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven —Matthew 18:3

Kaydence is sick. She is running those triple digit temperatures and has a running nose and a cough. Because of that we have spent much time together. Her on my lap, playing with my phone, just talking or watching TV. Grandchildren, and even more so, great grandchildren come to us at just the right time in life. When they arrive we have begun to use youth and the positive attributes of youth: whatever beauty we formerly possessed, energy, dreams for a future. 
When they come we have reached a stage where we don’t feel particularly loved and are way behind on our hug quota. Into this world they bring their energy, trust and unconditional love. One of the reasons why the Christ Child is so venerated is because He represents a God of unconditional child like love who hugs and kisses without reason or excuse. 
That’s also a model for how we are to be: trusting, unconditionally loving, giving out kisses and hugs at random. Our natural tendency is to “grow up” to lose our energy, loving spirits and dreams. This should not be as we repeatedly make sure our natural life submits to the spiritual. 
No matter what our situation is, the Spirit of God remains unchanged and His salvation unaltered. But we must “put on the new man . . .” (Ephesians 4:24). And the new man is a young man, a child, full of dreams and wonder and love. 
Thanks for grand and great grands. Today is the first day of a a short week and I have much to do; but I will probably make Kaydence a doctor’s appointment, take her to the doctor and spend lots of time with her running nose on my lap. It’s going to be a great day. The kind of day we were born for and are reborn to enjoy.
Be blessed.
Nick.

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