My intention was to do a ‘wordless Wednesday’ but apparently I can’t be quiet long enough. For some reason yesterday, I was thinking about all of this ‘kids teaching parents business’ and a comparison of dogs and kids came to mind. I know, I shouldn’t be comparing kids to dogs, right? Stay with me….here’s my thoughts…..
I was thinking about how you see ‘man’s best friend’ sayings all of the time regarding dogs. Why are they ‘man’s best friend’? Because they are loyal. They love you no matter what. You can do whatever you want and they forgive you, no questions asked (well maybe they have questions, but if so, they hide it well). They love unconditionally. Guess who else fit’s into ‘man’s best friend’? Kids. They love you no matter what. They can take broken promises, wrong answers, bad moods, etc and they still love us. There have been several times that I have had a meltdown at my children and within minutes they are hugging me and telling me that they love me. No matter how awful I may have been, my Mother’s Day cards always say that I’m the ‘best mom ever’ or ‘how much they love me’.
I’m not sure what happens as we move into adulthood, but too often our love becomes conditional. We love if loved first, we serve if served first, we treat others the way we were treated instead of how we want to be treated.
Like I said, I’m not sure how (or why) this comparison came to my mind…….but we really should be more like our children (and dogs). They love without thinking about how they may have been wronged. They forgive without us asking for it. They see the best in us, even when our best isn’t showing.
I know that God encompasses all of these traits also, and that is who we should be striving to be like…..that goes without saying, but we can also learn from the example of our children. I am learning a great deal from them just by slowing down and taking time to be present with them. It brings on a kind of guilt when I’m ranting about something and they feel like that is the perfect time for a hug. Guess I should follow their example…………