Lessons from a Child: How to Believe Without Question
Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to maintain a sense of faith and a belief in a higher power as an adult? It always seems that children don’t have this problem. They can believe in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and God without ever having seen them with their own eyes (characters at the mall don’t count!).
As adults, most of us tend to rely on information that we can validate. We need proof, evidence, something tangible to make us feel that something is real. What happens between childhood and adulthood that makes us so jaded and skeptical?
I want to make sure that everyone reading this does not feel like I am preaching to them. I am not here to make anyone uncomfortable, and I am definitely not trying to convince anyone to feel or believe what I do. I am simply trying to share my journey to finding my spiritual side. I am open and accepting of all people and all beliefs. We all have our own paths, and I promise that no judgements or discrimination will ever be found on this page.
After my little boy passed away at only 13 months of age, I began to feel more connected to my spirituality than I ever have before. I was raised Catholic, but never truly felt a connection to my religion until now. I thought I would be angry at God after Bubba died, but much to my surprise the opposite happened. This fresh connection to my spirituality and God is what is driving me to be the best person I can be. I am determined to be the best possible version of myself while I am here on earth, so that I can one day hold my baby again in Heaven.
Recently, my best friend’s mom was kind enough to give me the book, Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. It is the story of a 4-year old boy’s journey to Heaven and back after he came close to dying from complications from a burst appendix. In the book, Colton shares incredible details about Heaven and the people he met there (some of whom he had never met or even knew about). He describes his experience with a sense of belief and certainty that only a child can have. He makes you want to believe the way he believes: without questions…just acceptance.
This book is a quick, easy read. While it may not make you an insta-believer, it will make you wonder if Colton’s account of Heaven is giving you a glimpse of what we have to look forward to after we pass away. I already know that I have a sweet angel waiting for me when it is my time to leave this earth. That knowledge alone makes me certain that there is a beautiful place waiting for us; a place more beautiful than we can even imagine. What could possibly be more beautiful than my sweet Bubba with angel wings?
Are you ready to challenge yourself to go beyond what you can see and experience hope on a spiritual level? Open yourself up to a child’s sense of belief and read this book.