Encouragement for Mothers: Praise Children When They…

EncouragmentMothersSelflessnessI know it probably seems so simple and so obvious. God wants us to live with selfless love and kindness but this certainly doesn’t come easily to everyone. Especially children! Selflessness is often a learned skill.

This morning my 4 year old came screaming into the room. She’s a bit of a drama queen (as most little 4 year olds girls are) so I have to admit I wasn’t overly concerned but of course I did ask her what was going on. It turns out her big brother called her a pest and this hurt her deeply.

I called my son into the room to get his side of the story. Sure enough it was true. I wanted to just bark at him to not say things like that because it hurts her feelings but God nudged me to take it a bit further. I grabbed him up in my lap as best I could (he’s getting big) and I started talking about Jesus’s selfless act on the cross. How He came to earth to serve us and display a selfless love and how we are to do our best to emulate Him. I talked about how God is teaching ME selfless love through being married to his daddy and how God is teaching HIM selfless love in his role as big brother.

A few moments later the two of them were playing playmobile together. And tomorrow I will likely have to repeat the whole thing again! Such is the life of a Momma!

Jesus is our ultimate role model for selflessness and God teaches us to be selfless through our marriages, parenting, and serving others in all facets of life. Praise your children when they show selflessness. Let them know you notice. Let them know that putting others first is the Godly path.

Acts 20:35New International Version (NIV)

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”


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