Sunday, January 22, 2012

Love is Patient, Love is Kind...

Today at church we reviewed the well-know verse from Corinthians 13: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails." As my husband and I sat there and listened, I could only think of one thing - as a mom, how patient and kind am I to my children? Am I really doing everything I can to show them God's love in all that I do? The answer is no - I get frustrated, angry, annoyed, irritated and grumpy. It's not something I like to admit, but it's true.

Patience and kindness isn't about letting your kids run all over you - it's about loving them even in the hardest of moments. It's about treating them as God would treat his own children. It's about staying calm and being a good example. I'm the first to say that I'm not great at any of those things, having three kids - 5, 3.5 and 2 - my life is filled with chaos. When you've spent hours listening to crying, whining and fighting, it's not easy to keep your cool. I'm heard the words, "Would you just STOP?!" come out of my mouth so many times I've lost count. Does that make me a bad parent? No - I'm sure all parents of young children have been in the same boat. Does it make me want to be a better parent? Yes. I want to be the best example of love, kindness and patience that my children have. If they're not learning it at home then how can I expect them to know how to treat others including their own siblings?

Having a child with special needs is such a double-edged sword. JD has made me a better person. I've had to learn to have so much more patience, learn to keep my cool even during the most difficult tantrums, and learn to put myself in the shoes of others before making any sort of judgement. But having a child with special needs also brings a lot more stress into your life. The day-after-day work involved can bring even the most patient person to their wit's end. 

Reading the Corinthians verse today reminded me that love is so much more than a feeling - it's an action. I might not always be happy with those that I love, but if I respond with preserving kindness and patience then I'm doing the best I can do. Positive reinforcement is an amazing thing, the hardest part is putting it into action. 

1 comment:

blackenpot said...

The love you have for your children will guide you through.

You are doing your very best.

Thank you for sharing these thoughts.