You and I made brownies for all of us, including my sister and Daow. Before the brownies were done, though, you left for a meeting. I cut this brownie out for you while you were gone:
Last night I again had nothing when beddy-bye time rolled around. I didn’t care. I just wanted to do some simple act of love so I could get some rest. But then I surprised myself. I thought of an act so easy, yet so darned cute: I cut out a heart from red construction paper and put it inside a bag of your favorite cereal. But not before writing these words on the heart: “you found the prize—my heart.” The cockles of my heart are warmer just from typing that.
On Saturday, the girls and I each made you an ornament for the tree. For each of us, I glued two candy canes together in the shape of a heart. Then, we made bows on our candy-cane hearts out of pipe cleaners. Next, we each made a note for you and attached it to our respective bows. Finally, we put hooks on the hearts so we could hang them on the tree.
I like involving our girls in my acts of love. For one, I’m leading them by example, teaching them the proper way to treat you. It remains a fact that whether or not I’m a good example for our children, they follow me. The same goes for you. Their idea of how to treat others is formed (in part) by the way we treat each other. In general, the kind of person a child becomes is due (in part) to the kind of lives his parents lead. In other words, a child’s home makes his heart. In light of this, may God’s grace abound in us so that we can treat each other well. May he forgive us when we fail. (I admit that I fail daily.) Two, by involving our girls in my acts of love, they themselves practice love for others, selflessness, etc. In both of these ways, then, 365 Acts of Love has the potential to shape our kids’ hearts to be more like Christ’s heart. May God use it for that end.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)