One thing I want my kids to hear from me in both word and action – they are loved. And not just the squishy, soft and cuddly side of love. The kind of love that stands with you in your good decisions and your not-so-good ones. Love that encourages you when you’re at your weakest and celebrates your strengths. I think this passage communicates so well what love truly is:
“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 TPT
We aren’t masters at it and never will be, but at the core of who we are as a family, we want to bring life and love to everyone around us. And we have to start with each other.
Sarah Masciana is a wife, mom, designer, entrepreneur and author of Discover + Remember. Her experience art directing, photographing and defining brand strategy for some of the world’s largest brands brings a unique perspective to understanding our own identity and the impact it has on the world around us.