Childlike Confession

“Daddy I was throwing a fit and not listening today.” My toddler greeted me with these words as I came home from work. There was no shame in acknowledging her wrong. She knew she was guilty of disobeying her mother. She knew she deserved the consequences that came as a result of her disobedience. Nonetheless, she was completely honest with me about what she had done. I hugged her and told her I loved her.

What if we carried this level of childlike confession into our adult lives? Instead of trying to manage our image and act like we are someone else, what if we just acknowledged to God and others what we have done wrong? What if we stopped worrying about what others would think? It might help us stop pretending and actually be that thing we say we value – authentic.