I recently had a small procedure done. One thing led to another and I found myself thinking about all of the things I haven't told my children. All of the things I want them to know if there comes a time when I'm gone...
1. How often I mess up.
Which is a lot. I want them to know that I'm not perfect and that they don't need to be perfect either, but we all need to lean on Jesus.
Forgiveness doesn't mean trusting and it doesn't mean putting yourself in a position to be hurt again and again. It means letting it go...consistently.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
3. Value people.
Even when we don't get them. People come in all shapes and sizes with all kinds of thoughts. Get to know them. Be willing to look past yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions.
4. God pursues you.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6
5. Be Active...Outside
Have you ever noticed how an afternoon spent watching movies can easily lend itself to an evening watching movies?
An object at rest will remain at rest... that's Newton's Law of Inertia. I've found it to be true with people too. There are, of course, times when we all need rest - but more often we need to move. Movement heals a multitude of ills and heals the heart and mind.
6. How Much I Think About Them
My children are often pushing for something to their benefit. "Mom, can we go here?" "Mom, can someone come over after practice?" "Mom, can I have a treat?" "Mom, when can I work on that special project?" and on and on and on...
One day after fielding countless requests I wanted to tell them: "Do you know you are always on my mind? That there is almost never a moment when I'm not thinking of you and how I can make things better for you? How I can make your day more fun? How I know I ask a lot of you and I want to make sure you are repaid for your work? "
7. How Much God Thinks About Them
...and if I think about them day and night, how much more does God consider them? If a mother almost never has her children out of her mind, how much more does God consider all of us?
So many things comes to mind when I think of what I want my children to remember.
What's something you would tell yours?