Depending upon your personality type, it may be hard to be serious, joke around or relax. Everyone is wired a certain way so to break out of your norm isn’t easy. As for me, I tend to be competitive and intense. Sometimes I wonder if God places me in certain situations to loosen me up.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them, Mark 10:13.
Based upon the context of Mark 10, it appears the twelve disciples had a tendency to be all work and no play. Watching from a distance, Jesus intervened, trying to teach a valuable life lesson. Whether it was the innocence of children or the endless energy most possess, Jesus stressed the importance of welcoming young people. Perhaps interacting with youth might loosen up the disciples.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these, ” Mark 10:14.
This passage serves as a reminder to not to forget the next generation. While you may think you are right, another voice may provide a new or quicker way of doing things. Beside accepting children, adults would be wise to invest time in nurturing young men and women. By doing this, you will honor God and leave a legacy of prepared believers to impact those struggling to make sense of these ever changing days.
by Jay Mankus