“Love is patient, love is kind…” 1 Corinthians 13:4a
Ever have those days when your child’s emotions are so unstable she goes from crying to laughing faster than a sell out on Black Friday?
At moments like these, we think, “Here we go again!” We just want her to calm down. In an effort to move this process along we might even say to her: “This isn’t that big of a deal.”
When we hurry our child past the emotions she’s feeling, we’re really saying: “I don’t really care. You’re annoying me.” We invalid their feelings. She may feel we don’t care about the things she cares about causing her to feel alone even unloved.
If, instead, we choose to listen and learn, we can hear the heart of our child. Beyond the tears and raised voice, there is pain, rejection, or excitement. Listening past the words to hearing the heart will open doors for you to encourage her and to show her real unconditional love.
Remember: what you sow you reap. Listen today; you might need to be heard tomorrow.
Give me patience and compassion, Jesus, for those who need to be loved by me. Amen