I completely disagree, but now that I have your attention how would you feel if anyone beat up your child? Even if they had the right to, it still hurts. You don’t want to see your child suffering, do you?
As parents we give the shirt off our back to get our kids “better” however this can be. Yes, I know. Giving them everything and not reprimanding bad behavior is worse than beating up. But when we love someone we want all the best for them, especially our children.
Now let me ask you the opposite: “How would you feel if I loved your children as much as you do?”
Everytime someone praises my kids it is as if they were showering ME with special gifts. When someone loves you something or someone as much as you do you it makes you feel even more love, right? There is an interesting quote that says: When you say – “I Like You” – you are saying “you are like me”.
Is that not true? And when you love something or someone your brother or sister in christ loves you are showing “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” Colossians 3:12-14
And loving their children is perhaps the highest form of love. I have an interesting story from Mr. Ziglar which by the way you can watch it on Zig You Were Born To Win Documentary.
Shon kokoszka has two boys that were about 4 and 6 years old when he took them to see Mr. Ziglar. It was a Keller Williams convention where thousands of people attended. After the convention there was a VIP dinner, and Mr. Ziglar was sitting on a table with the top leaders of Keller Williams. Shon decided to come and say hi and he brought his two sons. “It’s going to be cool if Mr. Ziglar said hi to my boys”, so he thought.
Shon approached the table with his two sons one on each hand, an politely ask Mr. Ziglar for a word. Mr. Ziglar turned back to see who was calling, Shon said hi and introduced his two sons. He was looking forward to one or two kind words from Mr. Ziglar. After all, he did not want to impose on this very important dinner night. But what happened next marked those two boys for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Ziglar turned his chair back where he could be eye level with the two boys. He then began inspecting the boys. He looked behind his ears, lifted their arms, turned around and looked at their backs. Then Mr. Ziglar said this: “I knew it. I just wanted to be sure. I can spot a winner a mile away and you boys are winners!”
That made such an impact on those boys that years and years later they still think and behave as winners. And Shon? He said it was probably one of the greatest gifts he ever received. Kind words towards his children.
Now what do you think God feels when we love his children?
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;” 1 John 3:1
I have one last story about how God loves his children. God asked me to make a movie about the injustices of our prison system. How 80% of inmates are there on a drug charge and many solely because they don’t have money to afford a lawyer. Now, I have no connection to the prison world except my good friend Jason Cole (who opened my eyes to this). So I asked God why He wanted me to make this film? And He asked me “How would you feel if your daughter were sent to prison?” Where I said “guilty or not I would be devastated. I would be anxious everyday for their safety and mental health”. And God answered me: “That is how I feel about my children”.
Take 5 minutes and look at the trailer for the first movie about this project
And if you want to help, please get in touch with me.
It is easy to love a little kid, but God wants us to love ALL his children. And sometimes we think to love means to hug, kiss and give gifts. But I learned from a homeless person while helping Susie Y. Jennings from Operation care that for a homeless love can be as little as “seeing them”. I met a homeless man and he told me: “I don’t expect people to come help me, but it hurts when people pretend I don’t exist. If you make eye contact and give me a nod, that makes my day.”
If you give people a sign “I see you” it’s perhaps a great beginning for hopefully a loving and understanding relationship. What will you do to begin loving all God’s children?