Scripture

Matthew 18:1-5

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Reflection

Last fall I shared with you the story of the lemonade stand started by two kids in our church. Brynley and Blayde Buck started their lemonade and ice pop stand several years ago in conjunction with their family’s annual garage sale. The first year they raised $46.58 and in the second year, they raised $86.25, which was $35.67 more than the previous year. I know all those numbers because 9 year old Brynley included all of those figures in the letter she wrote to me that accompanied those proceeds.

For two years, Brynley and Blayde have given all their profits to support ZOE Ministry, our partner in empowering orphans to leave their life of poverty behind in Rwanda, India & Guatemala.

This last week was the third annual family garage sale and once again the kids were excited to raise money for ZOE ministry. Their mom, Brandy, was kind enough to let me know so that I could go by and purchase a refreshing treat. Mom also took this picture from that visit.

It’s hard to explain what it means to “become like little children,” or said differently, to have “faith like a child.” But I offer you the story of Brynley and Blayde’s lemonade stand as another example of how a picture is often worth a thousand words.

As you reflect on the example of Christ’s generous life and the practice of generosity in your own life, what can you learn today from these two kids and their humble but faithful example of living a generous life?

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, I receive this new day as a gift from you. I celebrate your generosity in my life even as I pray that my life would reflect to others that same level of generosity. Help me today to see the world around me through the wonder and awe of a child’s eyes. Help me to know how I might grow in my practice of living a generous and grace-filled life. AMEN.