Christ, I believe that you can put my
talents to good use. I hope that you will allow me to come to know you better each day. I love you
and trust that you are guiding me through life. Not only are you guiding me in my life; you are also
letting others be edified by my example.
Lord, help me to trust
in you through every circumstance of life.
1. God Reveals Himself to the
We long to know Christ better. How we yearn to understand a little more about God
and his infinite love! Our small intellects can barely lay hold of any notion or attribute of the
Divine Persons. Even if we were to study long hours, we would come to the conclusion that our
learning is nothing. True knowledge of Christ and of God doesn’t come by learning from books. True
knowledge of Christ and of God is revealed to those who learn to quiet their souls in prayer. We
need to imitate the resourceful little child who falls on the ground and then runs to his mother to
be scooped up in a loving embrace. If we can remember our littleness on one hand and God’s pure,
loving benevolence on the other, we’ll permit—even delight in—his wiping away from our faces the
blood and tears caused by our sins. Only when we surrender ourselves into God’s forgiving, tender
hands can we say that we know him.
2. God Chooses the Childlike:
Christ singles out
each one of us for a particular mission in life. We might think of the many people around
us––educated, wise, learned people––who would surely be better suited for the calling at hand, who
could do a far better job than we could. However, Christ isn’t looking always for the cleverest
person, the one with the quickest wit, or the one with the best education. Many times he scrutinizes
the corners of the globe for the soul that is innocent, open to his plan, and willing to carry it
out. Simplicity and humility are the key words when it comes to being chosen by God to participate
more actively in his plan of redemption.
3. The Childlike Can Entrust the Bigger Picture
How many prophets and kings longed for the time of Christ, when the work of salvation
would be fulfilled! During their time of waiting they left us an example of constancy and dedication
to the things of God, despite never seeing many of the things promised them. They played an active
role in leading and guiding the people of their time, but they didn’t see the fulfillment of all
God’s entire design. God asks us to be like them, planting the seeds of redemption that may not
sprout for years. We, like the prophets, aren’t always given the grace to see the entire picture.
That is part of being childlike: trusting that God our Father knows what he is doing. Cardinal John
Henry Newman prayed in his famous poem, The Pillar of the Cloud:
“Keep thou my feet: I do not
ask to see
the distant scene – one step enough for me”.
Do I entrust the big picture
of my life to God my Father, or do I try to yank the “video control” from his loving
Conversation with Christ:
Christ, I don't ask for great understanding or
Help me to accept with the simplicity and trust of a child
you want to do in me. I don’t ask for great
insight into the depths of your divine
attributes. I just want
to grow in friendship with you, and I know that means I need
an unshakeable confidence in your infinite love for me. I want
to allow you to
love me and direct me according to your good will.
I will open
my heart more widely to God's plan for my life.