And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
In Dangerous Wonder, Michael Yaconelli writes, “Remember the thrill of thinking you could fly, the adventure of going places in your imagination, the joy and abandon of running and jumping and playing hard – without worrying about what might happen?”
Some of us remember what it’s like to be a child. Fearless wonder – some call it innocence. It’s the discovery of something new, the abandonment of our whole selves to living life. Somewhere along the path to adulthood, things change. We’re taught to “grow up.” Some behaviors just aren’t acceptable when you get older.
Stop crying. Quit goofing off. You’re laughing too loud. Sit still. Emotions are considered foolishness, and before you know it we become the adult who doesn’t display passion about anything. We are lost.
I think we sell out with this dignified behavior. I think we miss the God-intended joy of living life.
One of the Hebrew words for praise is halal. It mens to celebrate, to rave and to act foolishly. Foolish actions are acceptable to God. He loves them; they’re heartfelt.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. Our emotions are meant to be explored. We are designed to live with reckless wonder. Our emotions and feelings are a vital part of who we are.
I have determined that I will show my passion. Hug my friends. Giggle with my kids. Kiss my wife. Let them call me foolish.
What about you? Are you ready to live dangerously?
Read how David lost his inhibitions in 2 Samuel 6:12-15. Lose a little dignity this week. Rediscover that feeling of getting lost in the moment without worrying about what other people think. Dance in the rain with the one you love. Throw your head back and act foolishly in worship at church. I dare you.
God, help me to be honest with myself and with others. Let others see in me a zeal for life and all it has to offer. Help me to live dangerously.