When my little granddaughter doesn't want something, whether it is certain foods, going to bed, or meeting someone, her first reaction is to turn away from what she doesn't want in her life with such a frenzy while saying, "I don't want it!" She will not look at the person or thing as if repulsed by it. Sometimes my cajoling only makes her cry harder.
There are many things in my life that I don't want as well--anger, fear, doubt, and temptation. Especially temptation to do all those things! Why can't I be like her--a two-year old who only wants to be at peace. Satan has had many years to cajole me, and along the way he has deceived me into seeing things his way. It's more fun to hang out with cool people than godly ones, or to agree that some people aren't worth loving, or it's okay to be mad, healthy even! Lord, help me to turn away in disgust from the temptation to sin. Help me to turn my back on what doesn't bring me peace.
"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:3 NIV
From From My Heart to Yours by Deirdre Tolhurst