If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11)

"Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
(Luke 18:17) 

A strong word and challenge in a world where education and knowledge are the measure of all things because they promise wealth and power. And for me one of the great things in the succession: How can I accept the kingdom of God like a child?

Through my work at the elementary school, I get a daily insight into the nature of the four to seven year old children.  And I realized: I am Supergirl! When I greet them in the early morning, there is no question that I have everything under control even on this day, caring for justice, caring about their interests and putting them forward in life, for them only the best in mind and take their needs seriously. Even if they experience at times how everyday life challenges me - for example, when a 4-year-old kid with wet pants is standing in front of me, when changing clothes, he refuses to put on the offered fresh lingerie and we have a 10-minute discussion about certain underpant colors. At the same time, the first-year students are perplexed in the rooms because they have forgotten how to solve the task. And the other children are thinking about how the child is doing, who now has no dry clothes anymore .....- her confidence in me and my abilities is unshakeable.

How does that look like with me as a child of God? If I'm already a supergirl, how much more is Jesus Christ my superhero! He is my Savior, who did not fear death on the Cross, so that I may be delivered from my sins (a). Now I may call God my Father - a certainty, given by God's Spirit (b). He has everything under control (c), in him I have justice and strength (d). He is interested in me and has only the best in mind for me (e). He knows my needs and takes care of me (f). Is my faith in my Creator just as unshakeable? Can I discard my knowledge, my experiences, my history and my situation and throw my worries and fears on God in the belief that he cares for me (g)? To realize that my students blindly trust me makes me humble and challenges me to have the same irrefutable trust in my Heavenly Father. This means, among other things, accepting the kingdom of God as a child. How precious is it to know that I am not alone in this endeavor, when everyday life once again pushes me to my limits: "And I will be with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b)


Biblical passages:

(a) Ephesians 2:13

(b) Romans 8:15-16

(c) Psalm 46:2-4

(d) Isaiah 45:22-25

(e) Psalm 139

(f) Luke 12:22-34

(g) 1. Peter 5:7


Listen to this song:

So good to me