A few weeks ago I was backing out of the driveway to go run some errands. All of a sudden, our two and a half year old piped up from the backseat. “Momma,” she said, “Take food?”
You see, she knew we were headed somewhere and she wanted to know if we were going to deliver a meal to someone in need.
I have to admit, in the past few years, there have been many moments as a mom where I have just paused and admired my beautiful girls, soaked up a memory, and thanked God for my time with them. But, this one moment dropped me to my knees…figuratively, of course, since I was trying to drive.
I remember stopping the car. Just haulting. I was overcome by the question my toddler had just posed.
I mean, we hear things like, “More is caught than taught.” And we strive as parents to model the love of Christ. But that’s a really BIG job. The love of Christ is no small thing. And while I want to model that every moment of every day, I know full well that amidst the tantrums, tangles, and tears of everyday life, I fall short.
So, when my toddler said, “Momma, take food?” I just stopped. Tears welled in my eyes as I thanked God. That love of Christ that I work so hard to model, despite my imperfections, had come full circle. My daughter, at two and a half, had already recognized the importance of providing for those in need.
I stopped. I prayed. I thanked God for granting us the means to provide meals for those in need. I thanked God for all his provisions throughout our debt free journey that allowed us to reach this point of giving to others. And I thanked God for this beautiful reminder that my actions as a mother are placing an imprint on the heart of my toddler.
I have, in the past few weeks, shared this story on a few accounts. I most recently shared it with our Financial Peace University class praying that it might give them hope – hope of a future where they are debt free and able to give generously!
And I share this story today with you. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, or any individual who has contact with children, I pray that this encourages you to continue to model the love of Christ. You may not see your efforts come full circle, but we are all a part of this next generation’s walk with Christ. And the part that each of us plays is important! My actions today could be paving the way for someone, possibly myself or another follower, to lead my daughter to give her life to Christ.
So I encourage you all. LOVE. Love like Christ loved the church. Love those around you and model that love constantly for the children in your life.
Those words ring in my mind, “Momma, take food?” While on that specific day, we weren’t headed to deliver a meal, I forever want my response to be, “Yes, sweetheart, let’s take food. Let’s love someone in need today.”