Touching words from the mouths of babes. What does ‘Love’ mean to them?
A group of Teachers posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds… What does ‘Love’ mean to you?’
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think…
‘When my Grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my Grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s Love. Rebecca- age 8
Billy – age 4
Terri – age 4
Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mummy and Daddy are like that.
‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’ Bobby – age 7 Wow!
‘If you want to learn to Love better, you should start with a friend who you hate, ( we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet )
‘Nikka – age 6
‘During my Piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling…
‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’
and little stars come out of you Karen – age 7
‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I Love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8
A Very Caring Child…
And the final one — An Author and Lecturer once shared about a true story he had heard concerning a very young boy with a caring heart.
The Child was a four year old boy and the next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the young boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the child said,’Nothing, I just helped him cry.’
Childhood is a very special time in our lives a time of discovery and Joy and yet their needs to be a time to let go of Childish ways, thoughts, humor and ideas and a time of embracing or accepting who we are as Adults, focusing and seeking for the true values and those things that define us as people of worth with an Inheritance and a purpose. No longer confused but able to participate in the Devine calling with passion and Joy offering God’s Hope in Love.
Yes we are to be Childlike, often Children have perceptions that sometimes Adults can lack, but we are not to be Childish, we are to be like Children in our Innocence and Dependence on the Lord, seeking Him with Trust and Thankfulness, not trying to be in control but allowing Him to Guide and Teach us and being Honest and Open with Him and others.
How wonderful when we listen to the Lord and believe that no matter what happens He will cause all things to work together for Good because we Love Him and this is shown by our obedience to His will and because of this He has Chosen us to bear much fruit so we will mature spiritually and be perfected in Love.
1 Corinthians 13:11When we were Children we talked in a Childish way, we had Childish thoughts and we reasoned like a Child but when we matured we no longer held onto Childish ways, we put them behind us.