Li’l Folks


 
For a short while before he wrote Peanuts, Charles Schultz wrote a comic strip called Li’l Folks. What I love about that title (and apparently, Schultz preferred it, too: he is reported to have hated the name Peanuts) is the hint at the depth Schultz was aiming at. He did not write comics strictly for children. He wrote about the human condition, the condition that all “folks” must deal with, big and little.
 
The interplay between the child’s world and the adult world is also something Jesus dealt with:
 
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)
 
The issue, as usual, begins in the heart and works its way out into action. We must change our will and desire and then take positions in real-life that reflect this heart. In meetings, conversations, sports and at the store, we must take not the position of being abused but the position that says “I make no claims to power. I am here to look with wonder, learn, play and grow.”

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