When was the last time you did something “just ‘cuz”? You know what I mean. I slid down the banister just ‘cuz I could. I walked on top of the retaining wall just ‘cuz I felt like it. I laughed uproariously at something just ‘cuz it was funny, never mind it was in the middle of a solemn occasion such at the exchange of vows during a wedding ceremony.
One of the hallmarks of being a grown up is to act grown up. The Apostle Paul spoke for all reasonable and mature adults when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”
I don’t mind putting away childish things such as throwing temper tantrums or speaking ill about people or pouting for hours, all of which I did very well as a child. Sometimes, however, I miss being childlike. I miss doing something that is outrageous, impish, silly or illogical, just ‘cuz.
Wouldn’t it be great to act child-like in other ways? When children call out adults for acting rudely or pompously. When children intentionally ignore people acting in mean ways. When children ask others why they did something or didn’t do something, not as a way of judging some behavior, just because something confused them, and they want to know.
Greatness is measured in our childlike way to relate to each other. Our Lord said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4)
So set a goal this week to do something a child would do, just ‘cuz. I don’t know what it will be for you, but I have a feeling I am going to be humming and singing “Jesus loves me” in a low voice all week, even during quiet time at worship.