Last Sunday my niece Maddy was dedicated. She is almost 4 months old and it has been so much fun watching her develop a personality. She is at the stage where she is beginning to smile in response to you. Sometimes my mother-in-law and I have to work extra hard to get that beaming grin. Maddy’s mom, Stephanie, laughs at us because there is nothing we wouldn’t do to see her smile. I read something the other day that said, “No matter how cool you think you are, when a toddler hands you a plastic phone you answer it.” Isn’t that so true? There is something about kids that make us check our vanity at the door.
As I was thinking about it, I realized that my relationship with Christ should mirror this. Christ calls us to do things that, to the world, look foolish. When society tells us we should act a certain way, often times we know it’s not what makes God smile. When we follow Christ, we are choosing the narrow path, which means we aren’t going to look like everyone else. As with babies and toddlers, we need to be okay with looking like a fool for Christ. We may receive some interesting stares (or get laughed at), but when our main purpose is living for Christ, our Father will smile down on us. In chapter four of 1 Corinthians, Paul writes that our dedication to Christ should make us look like fools. How foolish are you willing to look for Christ today?