Do we really need to get this right?

Nino, special needs, love, child, stumble, trustThis weekend, I had the opportunity to work with a special needs youth.  When he was talking, it amazed me how open he was as a teenager.  He told me what he has, how he feels and what his beliefs are.  I felt like I could connect with him very quickly.

I’ve noticed that so many people judge others based on how they look or act.  As I work with special needs youth, other youth, and even adults, I  realize that we are all the same but come at life with different viewpoints.

I have always looked at the following passage as a little child.  Based on what I have been doing over the years, I have come to realize that children come in all shapes, ages, and viewpoints!

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.  Matthew 18:2-6 (NIV)

Are you causing a child to stumble?  Who is a little child in your life?  Are you open to different types of people based on how they act, respond, and how they approach life in their own way?  Can a child be an adult that has special needs?  Can a child be a 75-year-old person?  Can a child be you looking for help?  Pray for wisdom to see and hear who God puts in your life this week!!

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