We all have that child.
Well, at least I tell myself we all do. Maybe it’s only me.
In this home of half a dozen children- the “that child” always changes.
But lately? It has been the same one.
Last night, all of my kiddos were tucked into bed.
Sneaking one little guy a banana I thought, maybe I should give his brother one too.
“No, he doesn’t deserve a banana.” I thought.
He yelled at me.
He hit his sister.
He did that thing he does- again.
Then I heard it.
“I’m watching the way you treat him.”
It came all over me like a flood. You know, the way God does? Just says six little words that rock your world?
Yeah. That God of ours. He did that.
Compassion, Kindness, and Love.
Within five minutes, all of my littles had a banana; all giggling under their covers at the idea of a late night, sweet snack.
So, I wrote it down. Right there in the hallway– where we write prayers.
He’s watching. And He notices when it’s hard. He hears when you pray again out of frustration. He is planting little seeds in my little man’s heart each.time.i.choose.to.love.
no matter what.
Sometimes, I don’t deserve the Fathers love. But He gives it still.
May we be a person with the mind of Christ. To love even when we’ve been wronged. Even when they’ve done it again. Even when it seems like they’ll never change. May we sneak a little bit of sweetness into their hearts so they know we love them still.
Because He’s watching the way we love them. And the thought of seeing my Father look upon me with a smile of satisfaction?
Well, that’s beautiful.