Thursday, July 19, 2012

V is for Value

Value.

Isn't it so important to let those around us know how important they are? How much value they hold in our eyes?

Everyday, I have four children that carry that longing in their eyes. They want to know. They NEED to know. Do I show them? I try but do I really show them.

If I do not show them, they will find it. They will find it in ways that I don't even want to think about. I know this because that is how I tried to find my worth, my value. In the things of this world. The people that could care less about me now and really could have cared less about me then. The things I owned. The way I thought I needed to be. The friends I had. That is where I thought my value came from.

It has been heavy on my heart for a long time to show my children their true value. To me and to God.

First and foremost, I want them to know that no matter what, their value comes from God. There is no better lesson in the world. I am human and I WILL let them down. If they only look to me, they will be disappointed.  I have to direct them to God.

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. Luke 12:7

I try to make sure I am diligent daily.

Reading and memorizing scriptures that really sink in who God is and how important we are to Him.

Making sure they are not surrounded by friends that are looking outward for their worth. Its so important to be examples to those around us but even at my age (hmm...that sounded funny.) I have to be influenced in the right direction or I find myself shifting.

Although their worth does come from God, at their ages it starts with me. How I talk to them. How I react to them. How I make time for them.

They take notice.

So its important to look at them when they are talking to me. Make sure I spend a whole lot more of my time away from the computer screen and more time playing, laughing and making memories with them.

Smile! Isn't it so important just to smile.

Be interested in what interests them.

Have fun. Show them they are fun. Let them know I have fun WITH them.

Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. My kids love to just hear the words...."you are special". Heck, I love to just hear the words..."you are special".

One last thing we have been dealing with lately is making sure they NEVER tear down someone elses worth. Its not okay to talk down to each other. Siblings can be good at that. It is a big NO,NO!
That always starts with me. I can let words slip of my tongue to Brian that I wound be appalled if they ever said to each other! EEK!



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