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1 Back to the Basics: Being a Kid Again By Sarah Althaus, Ally Jester, and Jerran Orwig

2 Remember….. nDnDnDnDid you have an imaginary friend? nWnWnWnWhat did you want to be when you grew up? nWnWnWnWhat was your favorite toy or stuffed animal? nRnRnRnRefrigerator box, anyone? nHnHnHnHow did you view God and Jesus?

3 What is childlike faith? n Dangerous wonder n Risky curiosity n Wild abandon n Daring playfulness n Wide-eyed listening n Irresponsible passion n Happy terror n Naïve grace

4 Dangerous Wonder To be in awe of God… That’s what makes it dangerous “That he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver, “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe, but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you. Intoxicated with wonder, kids act on impulse, without thinking about the consequences…

5 Risky Curiosity Desire to know more about God It’s risky because you may not always get an answer Behind all the questions is a longing for God’s love “Childlike faith is a faith that longs for God and seeks Him wherever He may be, even in the place of no answers.”

6 Wild Abandon Surrendering all to follow Jesus Back to the refrigerator box… To us, “abandon” normally has a negative connotation, that it’s irresponsible….but sometimes it’s just “unpredictable” “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.’” Matthew 16:24-25

7 Daring Playfulness Not always being serious It’s OKAY to have fun as adults Jesus and the mud Jesus knew how to play…He not only came to save us from our sin, but also came to save us from being terminally serious God’s a God of hide-and-seek

8 Wide-eyed Listening A four year old girl was overheard whispering into her newborn baby brother’s ear, “Baby,” she whispers “tell me what God sounds like. I’m starting to forget.” We need to just LISTEN We don’t need to do anything He wasn’t in the wind. He wasn’t in the earthquake. He wasn’t in the fire. He was in the whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

9 Irresponsible Passion Aliveness…living with hope, anticipation, and enthusiasm Stems from gratitude, a personal encounter with God When you chose God, you chose a life meant for passion Passion can’t be faked God has an extravagant love for His children…..almost irresponsibly Career…..is it your passion? 2 Samuel 6:14-23

10 Happy Terror God is frightening and mysterious He is HUGE….the I AM…the “awful Majesty” of God On the fringe of not knowing whether to be terrified or in awe Soul-shaking speechlessness God is no ordinary God Aslan, Susan, and Lucy  “It was such a romp as none as ever had, except in Narnia, and whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten, Lucy could never make up her mind.”

11 Naïve Grace Does God wish we all kept our naïveté about grace? Coloring outside the lines God’s grace is outside the lines as well… “The grace of God is indiscriminate, foolish, impractical, unrealistic, crazy, and naïve. If God is not careful, people like you and me might actually believe Jesus Christ is winking at us, just like a little child.” There’s no ‘inner ring’ with God’s grace

12 How is it taken away? nFnFnFnFear and worry n“n“n“n“Dream-stealers” nDnDnDnDullness nAnAnAnAdulthood nSnSnSnSettling nDnDnDnDifficulty nCnCnCnConforming, denying your uniqueness nBnBnBnBusyness of life nSnSnSnSatan utilizes all

13 Getting it back! nPnPnPnPray like a child, be unafraid and honest nDnDnDnDon’t be limited by adult vocabulary nAnAnAnAsk for help, community with others nSnSnSnSurrender nTnTnTnTrust nBnBnBnBe willing nLnLnLnLearn to celebrate/embrace mundane events nDnDnDnDon’t stop playing

14 C.S. Lewis and Children n The childhood of Lewis  playing in the attic with Warren, “imagineers”, the country Boxen, explorers n He had reason to become a jaded person…the death of his mother, separation from brother, the war, death of Pattie Moore n C.S. Lewis chose to write children’s stories because “it was the best art-form” in which to say what he had to say n Lewis was a humble man; he didn’t belittle children, he saw them as equals; he treasured their innocence

15 “…the worst attitude of all would be the professional attitude which regards children in the lump as a sort of raw material which we have to handle. We must of course try to do them no harm: we may, under the Omnipotence, sometimes dare to hope that we may do them good. But only such good as involves treating them with respect.” ~C.S. Lewis (On Three Ways of Writing for Children)

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17 BIBLIOGRAPHY n Yaconelli, Michael. Dangerous Wonder. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress Publishing Group, 2003. n Lewis, C.S. Letters To Children. New York: MacMillan Publishing Company, 1985. n NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. n The Message. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress Publishing Group, 2002. n Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1950. n Lewis, C.S. Of This and Other Worlds. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999.


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