Daring To Sow The Seeds Of Love


This morning my son spilled cereal all over the table, floor and my plate. I could tell by his demeanor that he was sorry. Something in me said to take a quiet breath and be careful about how I respond. Part of me wanted to lecture him about being careful and to remind him that he had spilled something the other day. However, I realized what was important in this moment was mercy. We all make mistakes. Period. I was terribly clumsy as a child. Who am I to criticize him?
He quickly started to clean his mess and told me he was sorry. I said, “It was an accident. Just be more careful next time.” I made sure that my tone of voice was non judgmental.
Is it too much to hope that if I sow patience that he will have the same patience for me when my hands are feeble and I drop things? Will I reap his mercy?
I don’t know. But what I do know is that God is continuing to do a fine work in us all. He is teaching me and all His children to be more like Him, even behind closed doors.
I don’t know if I will blow a fuse next time. I hope not! But for now, I rejoice in teaching the next generation what love and patience look like. As the Word says, “We reap what we sow.”

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