Luke 18: 15-17

“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” — Luke 18:15-17

Serious business. This colloquialism exists, in part, because of its real-life application. When we enter our business lives, there is an expectation of gravitas, a desire to be serious in our dealings with other people. Business is not a time for fun and play.

Yet, whimsy and joy represent elements of how God made us. When we think about children, they often approach all manners of life with a reckless abandon. They don’t care what other kids think of them. They do what they want, when they want it. They don’t fear making mistakes; they try things, and then try them again, on and on. Even more, children let their creative selves thrive. There’s not such thing as a problem; instead, every circumstance is an opportunity to apply their imagination.

Many theologians throughout the years have expressed an idea or variation on “laughter is at the heart of God.” Underneath the phrase, the idea emerges around true joy at the formation of Christian character. This joy emerges in happiness, mirth, and laughter.

The child giggling uncontrollably has captured an element of how God made us that we can sometimes forget in our daily toil. So as you go to work today, look for ways to bring joy to what you do. Find the heart of God in your work.

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