While going through some old paperwork I came across a little piece I’d clipped from a church bulletin some time back. I read it again and thought it worth sharing. (There was no author listed.)
We need to teach our daughters how to distinguish between
a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her,
a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her,
a man who view her as property and a man who views her properly,
a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her,
a man who believes he is God’s gift to women and a man who remembers woman was God’s gift to man.
Hopefully our girls are seeing this in the way their dads treat their moms, but I appreciated the reminder to actively teach it as well. And, it’s never too early!
In our house, I often feel my daughters are teaching me way more than I’m teaching them. Here are just a couple of the lessons I learned from my girls this week…
Yesterday, I woke up to this lovely sight:
Our sweet Addison brought me breakfast in bed. There was no special occasion—she simply said, “I know you must be really tired from…” and proceeded to list all my current activities. The fact that she notices and appreciates my efforts is enough to warm this mom’s heart, and her attempt to do something for me in return was even more touching.
I learned from Addy that expressing appreciation for what others do makes them feel good, and makes them want to keep doing what they’re doing. I’m going to put out more effort to encourage others this week, especially those who just might be tempted to give up.
Then, there was the lesson I learned from my newly-three-year-old daughter, Remington. Her favorite activity these days is playing teacher. Her “lessons” go on and on and on and on…
But what she doesn’t realize is that our everyday interactions are actually teaching me a lot. This latest lesson came from a conversation we had when she found a bag of items I was planning to return for a refund.
Me: No, Remi, don’t open those. We’re going to take them back to the store.
Remi: But why? Why don’t we just keep them?
Me: Because we got too many. We don’t need them.
Remi: But why do we have to take them back?
Me: Because if we give them back to the store, they’ll give us some money instead.
Remi: But we already HAVE some money. Why do we need more?
This sweet little one’s words have sure stuck with me. What a great reminder that we have enough. No matter what we have, it is enough, and I’m thankful I had the innocence of a little child to point that out to me. I am going to work on being content this week—not just with what I have, but with the situations I find myself in and the work I need to do.
So, here’s my encouragement for you today:
1. Teach your daughters, your sons, and your grandchildren what to look for AND give in relationships.
2. Look for ways to encourage the endeavors of those around you. Make an effort to notice. Let them know you see and appreciate.
3. Be content. Focus on what you already have, and find a way to share it with others.
4. Learn from those around you—even your little ones. They can make you a better person just by watching and listening to them.
Who’s up for the challenge?
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