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Simplicity

Paradoxically, to get closer to God we have to become simpler, not more complex. The reason this is hard is because it's so simple.

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


Your identity, your being, is a simple child of God. That's first. So why do we resist this?

One reason is because we might equate "childlike" with "childish": 
self-focused, whiners, stubborn, petty, quarrelsome, impatient, etc.

Another reason is that we may falsely view adults and children as opposites:

C.S. Lewis: "The modern view seems to me to involve a false conception of growth. They accuse us of arrested development because we have not lost a taste we had in childhood. But surely arrested development consists not in refusing to lose old things but in failing to add new things? . . . a tree grows because it adds rings; a train doesn't grow by leaving one station behind and puffing onto the next . . . if to drop parcels and to leave stations behind were the essence and virtue of growth, why should we stop at the adult? Why should not senile be equally a term of approval?"

In other words, an "adult child" means incorporating childhood into adulthood, not losing childhood.

So, how to do this?  Let it happen. It's the real you. Re-discover innate qualities to be trusting, fun, wondrous, simple, etc.  (To help us, God may give us our own kids—that can change our ideas!)

You received the Spirit of sonship.
And by him we cry, "Abba," "Father."
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit
that we are God's children.
Rom. 8:15-16