Thought for The Day – Thursday 21st January

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18: 10 – 11

Who are your role models, the people you look it to the most? Are they celebrities, sports people, politicians? Are the billionaires, actors or musicians? Have they experienced great success wealth and fame? These are the kinds of people who usually top the list of most popular role models.

When Jesus taught he often used role models, but his role models were usually people on the margins. Do you want to know what it means to be satisfied? Look at the woman who gladly gives her last two copper coins. Do you want to be holy? Look to the prostitutes and tax-collectors who have confessed their sin and now received forgiveness. And do you want to be wise? Then learn from the minds of children. Jesus wasn’t much interested in the rich, famous or well-renowned. To him their lives seemed rather hollow, caught in the endless game of gathering ever more Earthly possessions. Instead Jesus taught us to look to the people on the margins, to those often overlooked, because they often have a much deeper spiritual insight. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two of the most inspiring activists of the past decade, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, are both young women. They used their perspective, one that is so often ignored to challenged the rest of the world and make them pay attention to problems that have been for too long ignored.

When God speaks to us it is often from the margins of society, “from the mouths of babes and infants” (Psalm 8: 2). Our challenge is to find those voices and listen to what they have to say.

Prayer: God of the little children, help me to discover the wisdom of children. Remind me always that depending on you and admitting my vulnerability isn’t a weakness but a strength. May I see the world with childlike wonder, and learn to rely on you as my faithful parent.

Action: Who could be a new role model for you, someone you might not have considered before? Think about who that could be and how you could learn from them.

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