“I LOVE your big bed, Mommy!”
I roll out after cuddles and kisses, and little man stays. While his Daddy and I work on waking up, he jumps and dives, tosses pillows, and messes the whole bed up the way only a 3-year-old can.
At some point each morning, I tell him, “It’s time for no more jumps…time to make Mommy’s bed.” Of course, he wants to help. But he wants to do it his way. As do I, tugging and smoothing and rearranging.
There’s one forbidden little pillow that I keep in the corner. It used to belong front and center in the pillow pile, but now there’s a thread loose. Whenever we move it, tiny black sequins fall off onto the bed. I keep it around because it’s still beautiful, but I only use it on special days, like when company’s coming. The other days, it stays hidden in the corner beside the bed.
Little man just doesn’t understand my position on the sparkly pillow. He loves that pillow. He considers every day a special day. Without fail, he grabs it out of the corner when we’re making the bed. He jumps, and sequins fly.
I tell him to put it back. We don’t need it on the bed today. I don’t need more sequins to chase down today. He disagrees. We discuss it again, and again. Finally, this morning, he finds the right words for his argument.
He schools me in the art of love, from his little point of view.
“Mommy, I have to put the sparkly pillow on top…because you like the sparkly pillow, and then it means I Love You!
Oh my. I missed that in our argument over which way is better.
Sometimes it takes the little ones to show us how to really love.
Do it all. Spend it now. Say it big. Pull out the sparkly pillows. Tell everyone you love, that you do. Don’t assume they already know. Don’t save it for later. Let them hear it again, today, now.
People are hurting and losing hope. The events of this week have been a big reminder of that. At a luncheon yesterday, I listened to statistics about how many people feel alone. Most of them live near others, but they don’t feel like anyone really cares.
Who will you care for today? Who will you tell, or show that you love? With whom will you spend time and listen to and follow up with?
Who will you remind of a love that never fades or fails?
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8