Monday, July 28, 2008

A Moment's Reflection

When giving our hearts to a child, it is more than giving them our love. It is in forgiving them as well as asking them for their forgiveness when we have offended them. Children need to know that in making a mistake they will not be loved less. There is no dishonor in asking a 3-year-old’s forgiveness when you have lost your temper or hurt them in some way. It teaches them the value of humility, and that love can indeed bear all things.

Time for a child is as much as they can get with us. Most children don’t care about “quality time.” Children just want to be with you. And the time they do get to spend with you is precious to them.

We can all remember time spent in our childhood with various adults in our lives – aunts, uncles, grandparents, family friends, ward members, teachers and so on. In most of those memories we cannot always remember what we were doing, but we can remember the feeling the encounter left us with.

The Savior has taught us by His example and His words that children are special. They are to be treated as such. They are a gift from Him to us. To all of us. They are not our right, they are not our property. They are our treasures. They are our blessings.

I hope I never forget this.

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

This is JUST what I needed today!! My kids have been fighting quite a bit today and I can feel my patience running thin...you were inspired to write this today as a reminder to me of what is truly important. I will go off and try to "treasure"
them instead of KILL them today! Thank you!

John and Rachael said...

Beautiful post. Raising kids is harder than I ever thought it would be. And, though I love my children to death sometimes they drive me crazy!! Thanks for the reminder to treat them the way that Heavenly Father would treat them.