004: Childlike Not Childish

Today’s readings 17th January 2021: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19 & 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Today’s reading reminds us of a couple of things, such as retaining child-like traits and abstaining from sin. Now, when I say child-like, it is different from being childish.

Richard Norquist, an english and rhetoric professor from Georgia defined these two as the following:

Childish commonly means silly or immature. This adjective usually (but not always) points to unfavorable qualities.

Childlike means trusting or innocent, and it generally refers to the more positive or favorable qualities of a child.

Children are often filled with simplicity, humility, gratitude and spontaneity. These are the kind of traits that we should take with us, no matter how old we get. Although, for most of us we lose that and instead we’re filled with all these complications.

. . . but remember these types of videos and photos.

  • children from different races hugging each other
  • the 7-year old who owns a recycling business
gratitude
spontaneity
humility

Yes, these are the type of childlike traits we should be taking with us as we grow older but instead

. . . we end up being filled with what Father Orbos termed as the COVID-19 culture. He explained this as the feelings of anger, selfishness, hopelessness and depression.

Okay, so I know that anger and depression have their extremes and sometimes our own mindfulness can’t help that because of chemical imbalance or the brain malfunctioning. However, these feelings of selfishness, hopelessness, anger and sadness can be remedied.

By holding onto your childlike traits. The innocence and joyfulness. The sense of wonder and exploration. We should always remember to carry those with us. At the same time, taking responsibility for our actions towards ourselves and other people.

Maturity doesn’t always mean being straight-faced, filled with problems and worries. No. Maturity is finding the balance between imagination and practicality. Adventure and reality. So, we should own up to our mistakes and follow the lessons that our parents have shared with us.

Stay good even if the world has taken away your innocence. Because there is always something good in everything and everyone. Sometimes you just have to search a little deeper to see it.

AJ x

Also, remember that there is someone bigger than all of us who is looking out for us even when things don’t make any sense. We just have to believe like a child because sometimes ‘children are more mature than most adults’.

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5
REFERENCES:
Norquist - https://www.thoughtco.com/childish-and-childlike-1689341#:~:text=Definitions,favorable%20qualities%20of%20a%20child.
Holy Mass with Farther Orbos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AI_bfUd3PU
Homily - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6gPVBzEBHQ

Slideshow photos:
Nobody is born a racist photo - https://twitter.com/MuslimSpeakerz/status/478892605720522752?s=20
Photo of 7-year old with his recycling business - https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/90784/meet-7-year-old-boy-who-runs-his-own-recycling-business
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash
Photo by Ismail Salad Hajji dirir on Unsplash
To say thank you to my readers for taking the time to read. Keep safe and keep praying.

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10 Thoughts on “004: Childlike Not Childish

    1. This is an amazing post AJ. I really love how you explained the difference between being childish and childlike. Some people mistake those two words and act childish instead of childlike. Also, I love this 👉 “Stay good even if the world has taken away your innocence. Because there is always something good in everything and everyone. Sometimes you just have to search a little deeper to see it.” I believe that there is something good in everyone no matter how bad they might appear and this post did confirm that. Great post Xxx!

    2. Thank you so much for your amazing feedback, Ruth! I really appreciate that you liked my quotes too… and definitely! Some people think it’s too naive thinking that way but I much prefer to see the good than dwell on the bad. “Do not do unto others, what you don’t want done to you”, right? Xxx

  1. I agree with you about childlike traits. Children tend to be innocent and full of life. I definitely agree to retain these positive behaviors. But when children act up, they are really childish – so important to not keep those traits. It just annoys me when grown people act immature. Maturity is realizing your actions, both the right and wrongs 🙂

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

    1. Exactly! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and agreeing. It is annoying when grown people act immature, I guess not everyone unlearns the childish ways. 😀

  2. I like the aesthetic of your blog!! And I love the topic too! Childlike is often misconstrued with childish but they are two very different things. Childlike refers to being innocent, sincere, genuine while childish is another. Be childlike who appreciates and doesn’t hold back in showing love. God loves children! Thank you so much for sharing!

    http://www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

    1. Exactly! Thank you so much it took me a while to figure out what kind of aesthetic I wanted for my blog and I really appreciate that you like it! Hope you have an amazing week ahead.

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