Luke 18:17 “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God,like a little child will not enter it”
Among the many people in my life who have taught me how to love, my children rank the highest.
From the time they took their first breath I have loved them more fiercely than I have ever loved any other human being; that’s the nature of a mother’s heart.
I will never forget the first time I saw an expression of selfless love from one of my children. My son was in 2nd grade and the principal called to inform me that he had been caught cheating on some computerized reading tests. Of course my first emotion was disappointment. My children knew better; didn’t they? As the story unfolded my disappointment turned to gratefulness.
The principal told me that while cheating was a serious offense and not tolerated, she felt moved with compassion for my son because he had not cheated for himself, but for his brother. You see, my son knew his brother had been struggling with his reading grades and instead of taking his own tests; my smart, ever curious child signed on to the computer under his brother’s name, figured out his password, and took his brother’s tests instead of his own.
Let me say that cheating on a test is NEVER okay, but what touched me was the motive behind the action. It was selflessness. There was nothing personal for him to gain by doing this, my other child was not even aware that his brother was doing this for him. My son simply saw his brother struggling and he loved him. In his mind, that love required action.
Anytime this memory comes to mind I am reminded of God’s love for us. His love for us also required an action, didn’t it?
When people read the above passage from Luke it is normally associated with childlike FAITH. I propose we also learn to LOVE like children. Children have the blessed simplicity to believe in things “that just are” so much easier than adults. They can also love more freely and unconditionally than most adults. Children are famous for fighting with their best friend one day and begging for that same child to spend the night the next day. Offense forgotten!
When I think back to the times I would have, could have, and should have done things differently in my relationships the answer is a lot clearer when I look at it with the mind of a child.
What lessons have you learned from your children?
Have they taught you selfless love, like mine?
To love freely without thought of self?
The greatest commandment from our Jesus was this:
Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself.”
What would our lives look like if we stepped back to the days we loved each other so freely and simply like children often do? Let’s find out!
Spending time with you is always a joy…let’s keep this learning from my children thing between us girls!