Monday, November 13, 2006

Daddy, I Love You

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 18:4)

I believe the Lord teaches us volumes through the lives of our children. Not only are we taught patience (perhaps the greatest thing we are taught!), but along the way, we are also taught responsibility, leadership, and self denying love. Yet what I find most amazing are the emotions I have when my children speak to me. I like them to ask me for things, though I have to teach them not to be greedy. I really like it when they are asking for me to spend time with them, for it shows that they treasure that time. But, probably the most touching thing they can do is simply walk up, give me a hug, and tell me, “Daddy, I love you.” It is in these times, when I know they aren’t seeking any benefit of their own, except a reciprocating hug, that it just feels great to be a father. I know our Heavenly Father looks at us in the same way. Yes, He loves to meet our needs and for us to show our dependence upon Him, but oh, how it must touch His heart when we simply pray, “Father, I love you!” To spend time in His presence praising His name is time well spent indeed. Yes, ask your Father if you have need. Yet, don’t forget to approach His throne sometimes without your wish list in hand. Simply crawl up in His lap and tell Him, “Daddy, I love you.” You’ll find that your relationship with Him will strengthen as you approach Him as a little child.

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