Remain humble as little children

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This past weekend, Jeanne and I attended a birthday party for 2-year-old Lialah McEvoy.  It was

held at an indoor inflatable playground and party place called “BooKoo Bounce” in Metairie. No, Lialah is not a relative, but the daughter of Pat McEvoy, one of my best friends.  

I had never met Lialah, but felt like I knew her because Pat always spoke of his daughter in such a way that you could feel the unconditional love he had for her.  

Our friendship developed about one-and-a-half years ago when Pat started attending the men’s weekly Bible sharing group on Friday mornings. Pat often shares that Lialah’s birth was the biggest influence in him wanting to make changes in his lifestyle.  

Lialah’s party gave Jeanne and me a chance to be with Pat’s family and friends. “BooKoo Bounce” is a great place to have a party.  The kids, about 18 of them, had a good time.  The dad’s, not to be denied, enjoyed the party place as much as the children.  

As we left the party Jeanne said, “I’m glad we came. I enjoyed meeting Pat’s family.”

On the way home, we talked about how much fun the kids had and how happy they were. We agreed that Lialah’s party was a genuine Happy Birthday.

This morning, while reflecting

on the party, I thought about

what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 18, verses 3 and 4. The disciples came to Jesus asking who would

be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  

Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Wouldn’t it be great if all the children who attended the party would remain as innocent and full of joy as they were that day?  

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