Seize the Moment – Day 22

Be like a Child!

Matthew 19


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church. Today is Wednesday, April 8
Please reach out to others and bless their day.


I must confess to you that one of the silver linings of this dark storm is that I am working from home, so I get to be with my three children more than usual. LOVE IT! Earlier this week, I got to be there when Willow, our 6 year old, road her bike without training wheels. It was awesome to be there and to watch the pure JOY radiate from her whole body. That night for dinner, Willow got an extra scope of ice cream for becoming a big kid that day! It was so good for my soul to be with her, to remember the joy of being a child!


In Matthew chapter 19, verse 14, Jesus, the Mighty Physician, gives us a treatment plan for our chronic and terminal adult condition, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


With all that is happening in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am going to simply tell you to take this teaching of Jesus literally and not overthink it, so here is my pastoral counsel to you: Seize the moment and do something today that will cause you to come to Jesus like a child. If you are physically able I want you to go outside and skip, play hopscotch, jump rope, or shoot some hoops. If you aren’t physically able, maybe watch or read your favorite childhood cartoon.


I promise you: It will be good for your soul. And… you can get an extra scope of ice cream tonight for doing it.


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