Recently I shared Bible verses intended to encourage couples in their marriage. Many of the verses focused on love with one of them identifying the various things that define love.
It is my belief that all of these qualities are present in us as children. We love without limits. No matter what our parents do in our eyes they are sheer perfection and our desire is to have nothing more than their love. We forgive and keep no record of their wrongs. As we grow older and face our share of challenges, disappointments, heartbreaks and the various things that come with growing up, maintaining these characteristics begins to take more work. And for some of us, it isn’t always as easy or as natural as it was when we were little. Some of us struggle to forgive unlike our children who can be fighting one minute and the next minute playing make believe on the playground with a peer.
That quality is one of the many things that makes being the recipient of a child’s love so miraculous. There is nothing on earth like it. If a child gives you their heart you are being given the most precious gift there is. But as the scripture says, “To whom much is given much is required.(Luke 12:48)”
And that is why I rejoice for men like my husband. Men who realize the gift they are being given in the form of a child. Men who realize that children; however, they come into your lives, are a blessing meant to be valued, loved, nurtured and cherished.
My husband opened his arms and his heart to my daughter and I. I have watched his eyes light up at her accomplishments and I have seen the hurt in his face when her little heart ached. I have listened to him read bedtime stories, twirl her in the air and pray with her. I have talked to him as he has left work to go volunteer at her school and stood in the kitchen watching him help her with her homework. He has put together toys, driven around with a truck full of balloons and stood in line at amusement parks while little girls giggled with excitement behind him. He has adorned paper crowns and posed for a million pictures. There are countless things that he has done simply because there is nothing that brings him more joy than seeing his child happy.
His child. Our child.