My son, Mychal, has inherited my love for life. He’s a vivacious young man and brings great pride and joy to my heart. So often I hear myself telling people, “Yeah, he looks like his dad, but he acts like his mom.” I’ve watched him grow up and have always let him know how very special he is to me.
I love all of my children, don’t get me wrong, but Mychal and I have a special connection – a bond. He was standing in the kitchen last night telling me how nice his friend’s mom is. He said that when he went to leave his friend’s house that his friend’s mom told him to drive careful. He told her, “I have to. My mom tells me to drive careful every time I walk out the door, except for when I go to school.”
He added, “She isn’t up then” (He’s right about me not being up. He has an early bird class, and his dad sees him out the door in the morning). He continued, “Then I drive like I want.” He was just kidding, but it made me stop and think about how very concerned I am that he be careful when on the road.
I appreciate that he takes note of that concern. So often we lavish our hearts and our love onto our children, and we don’t realize how much they are actually listening to us. Just today he was told by a gal that is the director of a play he’s performing in that she likes him.
He told me that he told her, “My mom really likes me too, and I believe her.” Then he goes on to say, “She tells everyone how very much she likes me.” As he told me this in the kitchen, he was smiling.
And I was smiling too. “I do like you,” I affirmed. I more than like Mychal, but he knows that too.
“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’”
– Jeremiah 31:3 (NAS)
“Lord, help me to have such a love for those around me that they will know that I am sincere, and please let that love draw us all closer to You, the author and the finisher of our faith. I especially want to thank You for those You have put in my life, including . . .”