To Teach LoveThe greatest two things that we can teach our children is that they are loved and that they should love all things as Creator loves us. But how to do this? The first should be easy, right. Show them love and tell them that you love them and that you are proud of them. So I won't talk about that part.
But the second part is the one that can elude us. I think that this starts with the first part. Show them love and they will return it. Show them how you love the world around you from the ant up to the waiter at your restaurant to other more important people in your life. Inherently children know what love is and how to express it. Yet they are not always sure of how and when to express it. And to whom. That is where us the parents come in.
Take Them Into the LightJust like children inherently love they are also not born as creatures of shadow. No matter how much the neighbor's kids remind you of hellspawn, they were still born into the light. It is life that takes us into the Shadows and then that shadow takes up residency in the depths of our soul.
So then we should just shelter our child from life and all its stress and trials, right? Well then how will they learn anything? The answer is not to shelter them but to teach them Strength to overcome the trials that life throws at them. But more on Strength tomorrow, with the rest of this series.
Any thoughts? I would love to hear them.