One of the simplest lessons to teach our kiddos, is how to love. Yet, parents can struggle with this.
It doesn’t have to be a challenge, though. Think about it like this –
God is love and we should be like God!
Therefore, we should be love.
And we should teach our kids to love.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Kids are born with a selfish outlook on life and, quiet frankly, we gave it to them. You see, since we are all from a fallen world, we are all sinners. Sin is born out of a selfish outlook. We all must fight the selfish tendencies inside of us.
One challenge modern Christians face is taking the time to focus on others more than we focus on ourselves. When life gets busy, we tend to focus inwardly not outwardly. And who around here isn’t busy?
It’s easy to get busy and focused on everything else (laundry, errands, money, appointments, you name it) but giving love and serving others should be important enough to us as Christian parents to take some time to show our kids what love in action really is.
Here are some ideas to help you show your kids what true love really looks like.
- Be an example – Show love to your family first. Building each other up in your own home is the best way to show your kids how to love each other. Remember kids will follow your example more than your words.
- Learn about love together – Find some Bible verses about love (there’s a bunch), read some good books about people who lived sacrificially, or use my Love Notes for Kids. There are more than enough examples of showing love to learn about out there.
- Find current real-life examples – The little old lady at church, your pastor, or a missionary are great places to start. Schedule a Zoom call, or sit down and talk about what they do and how they show love in their lives.
- Practice showing love in the family – What’s something special you can do today? Do something for each other just because you can. Make holidays extra special by telling each other why you love each other. Use something like this to give little reminders of love.
- Show love to people not in your family – Pick someone to do something nice for. This doesn’t have to be hard. Make some cookies for your local fire department or take some used towels to the local animal shelter. The big thing is to think about giving on a regular basis. When you have a load of things to donate, ask the kids to fill a bag from their rooms. They might surprise you. Remember, generous, loving people are generous and loving most the time. It’s a way of life not a few occurrences.
- Show love to someone you don’t know – Pay for someone’s lunch, leave someone an inspirational note or bible verse at a restaurant. Be sneaky and surprise people. It’s fun!!
- Read books of sacrificial love. – Read a book about strong love. There are plenty of people who love without asking for anything in return.
- Serve others – Serve food at the church dinner. Help your neighbor mow their lawn.
- Surprise Someone – Send a small gift to someone you love on a random day. Consider it a ‘Just Because’ gift.
- Speak love – When we use love in our everyday speech, we build each other up. Speaking love to your kids and to your husband is one of the best gifts you can give your family today.
How will you teach love to your kids others? Drop me a comment below and let me know how you are an example of love today.