Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Are you smarter than a 3 year old?


"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. BUT GOD chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." - 1 Cor 1:26-27

Yesterday, when I was hanging out at Starbucks, I met a little girl named Cassie. She was three years old and feisty. She wanted to show me how she could twirl, say her abc's, do a somersault (well, she didn't make it ALL the way over, but she made the effort), and count to five is Spanish. As we sat and talked (she did most of the talking) I realized that THIS must be how God sees me. All my wisdom must sound like the abc's to him. All my talent must look like a twirling 3 yr. old ballerina. Does he just humor my foolishness?

As I read in 1 Corinthians this morning, I realized, he loves my foolishness. He loves my 3-year-old wisdom. He loves it because in my stupidity, HE is given glory.

Part of what makes me nervous about going to another country is learning the language. I LOVE talking to people, and it is going to come out sounding like a 3-year-old's babbling. This was God's reminder to me that he doesn't need my words or my wisdom. "God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe." - 1 Cor 1:21b The next time you find yourself talking to someone about Jesus, thinking you sound foolish, remember that God loves using the foolishness of a 3-year-old.

4 comments:

Brian Bradsher said...

Great thoughts Jamie! Having a 3 year old and a 2 year old, you never know what you might hear, but it is always a joy to see how they learn knew words, and new things they can do. They say them over and over, but I never get tire of it.

I am glad that I have a Great God that loves me even in my weak moments.

Dana Marie said...

Wally, I love this post and I'm super stoked about finding your blog! It officially makes my heart happy!

One of the reasons I love this post in particular so much is it transported me back to highschool listening to you lead a bible study or small group and being amazed what you find when you read the bible, I read the same thing and just don't see what you see! so, it's a blessing to get this once again. it made my heart ache to start seeing how you see and reading my bible again... way to go champ :)

J Mill's said...

Hehehehe - best part is I pictured a 3 year old version of you sitting on God's knee just talking up a storm while he smiled and nodded.

Jamie said...

:) thanks jennifer! that has always been me... i'm quite the talker!