Have you seen the movie “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL”? It is based on the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
There is much debate on the validity of whether Colton really went to Heaven or not…this Thought for the Day is not intended to open that discussion but rather to explore the idea of Childlike Humility which I think we can all agree our culture desperately needs to develop.The film showed how Todd Burpo went through every imaginable storm a person could go through…financial, personal illness and injury and worst of all almost losing his four-year-old son, Colton who claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. The movie realistically depicted the struggle that they all went through to process this extraordinary experience of their little boy’s trip to heaven and back. Well worth the price of admission! My kids said the book is even better! I love this quote from the book that describes what childlike humility is:
“What is childlike humility? It’s not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It’s that precious, fleeting time before we have accumulated enough pride or position to care what other people might think. The same un-self-conscious honesty that enables a three-year-old to splash joyfully in a rain puddle, or tumble laughing in the grass with a puppy, or point out loudly that you have a booger hanging out of your nose, is what is required to enter heaven. It is the opposite of ignorance—it is intellectual honesty: to be willing to accept reality and to call things what they are even when it is hard.”
I think that Todd Burpo nailed it!! The debate may go on whether Colton really went to heaven or not but it is for sure that Heaven is for Real!!! And the scriptures are clear that we need to have “faith like a child” which is the key to eternal life! In Matthew 18:3 (NASB) Jesus said,
Be humble enough to accept that God is so much bigger than you and that you will never “know everything”…just have faith and trust Him, for God loved you so much that He sacrificed His own son Jesus so that you and I would have eternal life in heaven! Embrace childlike humility and accept Jesus as your savior.