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August 11, 2015

The good news for today

Jesus called a child over to them, placed the child in the midst of his followers, and said, “The truth is: unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the realer realm. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the realer realm.” (Matthew 18, 2-4)

Here you find what you are looking for—what really being “humble” is all about!

Watch your typical four-year-old.

If you look honestly and learn from what you see—no matter how contradictory—you’re a humble person. You’re humble if you hug without worrying about bystanders or consequences. You’re humble if you are curious and admit ignorance. You’re humble if you live with wonder, smile shyly at strangers and hold onto friendly people.

Do that, and you are beyond insincerity and mere sincerity, beyond obedience to dead codes, beyond living up to the judgments of strangers. Change in that direction, and you become so much realer, as in the story about the Velveteen Rabbit. You have become part of the “realer realm”/the “kingdom” of heaven. You move towards and live in a Life of genuine joy and authentic grief, rich with peace.

The gloom of reality, storms of illness, age and insanity, the tragedies of sudden death and betrayal by friends—such things happen. View them as a child, though, looking for consistent fellow humans and for treasures of the heart—memories and, above all, a willingness to learn and grow in wisdom and grace. Laugh easily. Cry at real harms. The Good News is the very Life You now Live.

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