Sunday, October 17, 2010

a reminder

The other day, I found this on the copier while I was making copies for my class. It was just the reminder I needed and I thought I would share.

1 Corinthians 13 for Mothers

I can read bedtime stories till the cow jumps over the moon and sing "10 little Indians" until I want to call the doctor, but if I don't have love, I'm as annoying as a whining child.

I can chase a naked toddler through the house while cooking dinner and listening to voice mail. I can fix the best cookies and kool-aid in the neighborhood. I can tell a sick child's temperature with the touch of my finger, but if I don't have love, I am nothing.

Love is patient while waiting as my child learns to do it all by themselves.

Love is kind when I am teaching my children how to respond nicely to one another and stop arguing for the 10th time in the last hour.

Love does not envy the neighbors' swimming pool or their brand new mini-van, but trusts the Lord to provide every need.

Love does not brag when other parents share their disappointments and insecurities. Love rejoices when other families succeed.

Love doesn't boast, even when I've multi tasked all day long and my husband can't do more than one thing at a time.

Love is not rude when my spouse innocently asks, "what have you done today?"

Love does not immediately seek after glory when we see talent in our children, but encourages them to get continued training and make wise choices.

Love is not easily angered when my 15 year old acts like the world revolves around her.

Love does not delight in evil (is not self righteous) when I remind my 17 year old that he is going 83 in a 55 mph zone, but rejoices in the truth.

Love does not give up hope.

Love always protects our children's self esteem and spirit, even while doling out discipline.
Being a mom is hard, but so worth it.