Do they know we love them? Those children whom we love, who are on the breath of our every thought.
Do they know we love them? That love throbs through our veins with the urgency of a freight train threatening to burst our heart wide…open?
We train, guide, nurture, disciple, and plan for their future. Always preparing them for the day when they must leave the nest and fly…soar out into the world on their own. We sacrifice daily for them…sleep, time, finances.
Constantly pushing them to succeed–strive higher–do it well with excellence. All that we do spells L-O-V-E or does it? To us it spells L-O-V-E, but what does it spell to our children?
Does our enthusiasm show love…does it draw our children closer to God or actually drive them away? Do our actions say I love you to our children or do they say…I can never measure up…I can never please them…I will never be what they want me to be.
All our effects may be in vain if we don’t temper them with a whole lot of love and grace. In our ardor to prepare our children for life we must not sacrifice our relationship with them.
Do they know we love them? We must make sure they do…look them in the eyes (no matter their age), listen to their hearts (dreams), have fun (play), and loosen up–relax. We mustn’t forget that God is in control and He loves our children more than we. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. We must bathe our children in prayer, teach them God’s word, and be a Godly example. Remember that saying, “More is caught rather than taught.”
Do our actions teach our children to love others unconditionally, extend grace, and live a life that brings glory to God. Or do our actions say…manage others (rule over them), crush spirits, and strive to succeed at all cost even if it means stepping on others to do it.
Do our children know we love them?
One final note, children measure love by T-I-M-E. We must spend quality time with them, love them unconditionally, and show them grace.
Count blessings, Kasey