There are so many things that we learn in life. From many different situations and many different people. Often times we don’t fully expect them to come from the people we are poised to impart wisdom to. Our children. Now I know that many times we say, “My child has taught me patience and taught me what is means to really love.” This is not one of those times.
My daughter learned to read two years ago and since learning, she reads everything. I mean EVERYTHING. Which is good, mostly. Well, we were all in the car driving to the store. We were passing through a light when we passed by this homeless person. He held a sign that read, “Help. Need food”. Who better to read the sign than my daughter. When we made it to the store, my daughter turned to me and began to ask about the man with the sign. I told her that the man was probably without a home. Her immediate response was “He had a sign that said help. We need to go back and help him. He needs food and help.” She was relentless in her pursuit to get this man the help that he needed.
As I tried to calm her and talk to her about what things we can do to help those in need, it made me think. My daughter saw a need and immediately wanted to meet it. Wow! Isn’t that how we should be as the body of Christ? When we see a need, if we are able to meet it, then we should do so. This is a lesson that I am thankful I was reminded of. As a mom, I get so caught up in the day to day life that I forget part of being a mom is demonstrating what it means to serve others OUTSIDE of the home.
Now, I do serve within our church community and it’s good that our children get to see that, but so often that’s where service ends. For many of us. I want my children to see me meet the needs of others outside of our church family and they have. I want them to continue to see it and I think my daughter gave me the great reminder that I needed. For our homeschooling year we will be finding service projects around the Twin Cities where we can be a help to those in need. I am so thankful for my daughter’s compassion and willingness to help others. She truly is a blessing in my life. Moms, as we enter our day, however we enter, let us remember that it is not just about our “To Do” lists. Let us be reminded that our children will imitate our actions and responses to situations. So, what will we demonstrate? Lesson learned.