Winner or Lizard?

by Christina Rose

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.  Mark 10:15-16 NIV

Tears of frustration rolled down three-year old Ashley’s cheeks. I had just picked up my little blond angel from preschool, and she was upset.  Her tiny hands could not open the bag of goldfish crackers I had packed for snack time. Once settled in her car seat, I finally opened the crackers, and she happily snacked away. Wiping away her tears I asked, “Did you learn anything special at school today?”

She answered, “Yes mama, my teacher told me I could be a winner or a lizard.”  No losers in Ashley’s world, only winners or lizards.

When my daughters were young, their innocent world was full of joy. Each day was another chance to play, dress like a princess, dance and sing. One day I got a call that Ashley had fallen into a mud puddle at recess and wanted me to pick her up. I took her back to work with me where she sat nearby drawing with crayons.  She then handed me a picture of the world with my face in the middle and the words, “I love you mom.” Children have a powerful gift of teaching us about the heart of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.”  Matthew 18:2-5 NLT

Small children have no ambition, pride or haughtiness, so they set a good example of being humble and teachable. They embrace each day with joy, honesty and wonder. Just as children trust their parents that they will love and provide for them, we should also trust our Father in heaven.

Once my daughters grew up and left home, I found myself worrying where they were and what they were doing. I missed those days when I could walk by their bedrooms each night to tuck them in, read them stories, and kiss them goodnight.  While I was happy they now had lives of their own, at times anxious thoughts crept in. One sleepless night I lay in bed praying for their safety and salvation. “God, I’ve been praying for years that my girls would turn to you, but at times they don’t seem to hear me, and they act like they don’t care to know you. How can I get through to them? This pains my heart.” 

I waited in the silence of the dark night and then heard the still small whisper, “Now you know how I feel.”  These words came with a love and longing as deep as the oceans, as high as the heavens and as great as the stars. God has billions of souls around the world that he is trying to reach and when he goes unnoticed it also pains his heart.  He pours out his spirit on all of us, but not everyone recognizes him. He created us to soar like eagles, but when we do things on our own and don’t follow in his footsteps, we miss out on the amazing life he has planned for us.  We fail to notice the signs, wonders and miracles with which he wants to bless us.

While lizards can be cute, I would rather be a winner and soar on wings like eagles.  I would rather be a winner of billions of souls for the Kingdom of  Heaven. By choosing to trust God with childlike faith, we can embrace each day with joy and lead others to the everlasting peace of salvation.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:31-33 NLT

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Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is a DAR whose patriot ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War.  Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story.  With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina appeals to heaven for hope and freedom just as her patriot ancestors did hundreds of years ago. She is a contributor to Arise to Peace Daily Devotional and a frequent blogger for Arise Daily Devos.

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6 thoughts on “Winner or Lizard?

  1. Ah, yes, a mother’s prayers for her adult children. They never stop. Powerful and sweet devo, Christina–as usual.


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