I can’t help but think about the ones who are in need. My son, Noah, asked me to share a story of a child who made a difference. Jane Adams was from Cedarville, Illinois. When she was six years old, her father took her on a trip. She saw many poor people. This touched her heart. She told her Father that when she grew up, she would have a huge house in the middle of many poor homes, so she could help these people in need. Chicago, Illinois was also called “a city with a million strangers”. In 1889 Charles Hull, a wealthy business owner fell on hard times. Jane Adams bought her large home and started the Hull-House. She opened the house up to help working women with their children. She also opened her home up to elderly, lonely people who were unable to work. She provided food and shelter for many. She had lots of volunteers eager to lend a helping hand. The Hull House offered classes to help educate the poor. In 1893, the Hull House built the first public playground, so the children would have a place to play. The heart of a child made a difference in Chicago

Jesus loves the heart of a child, innocent, happy, loving, believing, excited, eager to learn. Isn’t that how Jesus wants our heart. {Luke 2:41-52) “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

THE HEART OF A CHILD. The heart of God’s child. Innocent, happy, loving, believing, excited, eager to learn and obedient. The heart of God’s son. What is in our heart’s, today? In 2007, soon to be 2008, what is in the heart of God’s people today? INCIDENTS? HAPPINESS? LOVE? BELIEVING? EXCITEMENT? EAGER TO LEARN? OBEDIENCE?

What’s in your heart?