We were at the Every Nation building when Nathan came up to me to ask for P500 from his allowance. When I asked him why, he said he wanted to give it to a guy he just met this afternoon who was selling chocolates to raise money for his ticket to the Ignite Conference. It was no surprise to me that Nathan would give out of his own pocket because he’s always been a giver. But it never fails to warm my heart everytime he does it.
Moreover, Janina told me that she wrote a letter to one of her friends who has offended her in hopes of patching things up. Her friend ended up giving her a hug and now their relationship is back to normal.
My children rebuke me. I wish I was like Nathan who doesn’t think twice about answering someone’s need, even a person he just met. I wish I was like Janina who easily overlooks differences to restore a relationship.
After loving God with all of their hearts, mind and soul, the 2nd best thing I wanna teach my children is loving their neighbor as themselves. There are many ways to demonstrate love for our neighbors. It can be through giving, sharing, encouraging, forgiving, serving. It is not always easy. There are days our kids are so self-centered all they think of is “I, Me and Myself.” But I am thankful for these moments when I see that my kids are getting it.
Matthew 22:39 And the second (greatest commandment) is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
“Mom, what exactly is God doing at this time?” Ryan asked me this question out of the blue. I didn’t know how to even begin to answer his question. I can only imagine how busy God is.
I started off by saying that God holds the earth and all the billion planets and stars in place, making sure that we are all safe. If the earth moves just a few inches closer or farther from the sun, we’ll all die. God is also watching all His children, protecting us from harm. He is also busy listening to millions, even billions of people praying at this particular time. Whew! And I just barely scratched the surface. Before I could go on, Ryan asked “How can God do all of those?”
I was happy for this opportunity to tell Ryan how big our God is, that He is the Almighty God, capable of anything and everything, and limited by nothing. This is the type of conversation I look forward to, allowing my kids to get to know their God a little better.
Moms, who else will talk to our children about God? We cannot rely on the church alone, or school, or media to educate them spiritually. It is our primary responsibility as parents to point them to God.
Psalm 22: 30 “Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.”