My six and eight year old are often inseparable. They play and play and play. He helps her with her school work and gives in to her ideas and plans in ways that truly surprise me. She doesn’t always make it easy. But, He loves her. And, she loves him right back just as much.
When she’s sad or hurt he’s the first one to comfort her. Many times he comes in with his most prized possession and offers it up just to cheer her up.Yesterday, they spent most of the day climbing a tree outside and last night before bed I found them pictured above.
Loving your neighbor isn’t always easy. And when your neighbor is your sibling… even harder, I think. But, when you just give in to it… as my darling boy does… you find a joy that you might have missed otherwise.
My son extends his heart in generosity and kindness to others so easily and not just to his sister. It not only blesses me, but it convicts and encourages me at the same time. I think we make it too hard. We want things our own way. But in order to truly love others we have to meet them where they’re at.
This morning my son tried to teach his little sister how to play his favorite card game. She quickly gave up in frustration. You see he tried to bring her up to his eight year old level… and she’s only six. It didn’t work. He soon went back to her with the idea of go-fish… back to her level.
That’s the key I think… giving ourselves up for the needs of others. Our time. Our ideas. Our plans. Even our enjoyment… to meet the needs of someone else. That’s love.
Praying that you are loving someone today even when it’s hard. That you’re seeking God for strength to continue on in that love endeavor and giving yourself up sacrificially. You’ll reap sweet blessings… that’s for sure.
*Linking up with Shari at Leaving a Legacy.