I’m no supermom. I’ll never be. I try my darndest to guide my 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, in the best way possible. We raise her with the parenting perspective of a Christian (previous post here)
Now, I do not shout my faith on the rooftops. I do NOT go around advertising that I’m a Christian on my day to day walk. I mean, hey, walking up to someone and saying- “Jesus loves you!” is not only awkward, it can be scary. What if they reject me? What if they think I’m crazy?
Well, I AM crazy.
One morning a couple weeks ago, my daughter woke up with ONE thing on her mind…
“Mommyyyyy,” she comes running into my bedroom, happy as can be. She hops on my bed, jumping up and down. ” Can we PLEASEEEEE make cookies?!”
Geeze, I need caffeine. “Let’s get some breakfast first.” I yawn.
She didn’t want to hear it. I won’t spill out our entire conversation. She refused to eat breakfast until we made those cookies.
“I want to give them to my neighbors!!!” I honestly didn’t know what to say when she said that to me. At first, I wanted to say no. Then, I felt guilty. She has a heart of gold, and she really does feel for the people around her.I luckily had all the ingredients. Ellie is at the age now where she wants to do it all. She’s a perfectionist and extremely meticulous. She also LOVES to work the mixer (and steal a couple licks with her finger, because who doesn’t?!). She carefully, with instruction, placed every cookie on the cookie sheets.
Once they were baked and cooled, they were ready to be put into baggies. She helped me with every single one. It was HER idea to write “Jesus loves you!” on every bag. My heart was fluttering by this point, I’m really doing this.
We slip on some shoes and head out into the hallway. I hope no one comes out here, I think. She taped a bag on every single door in our building, happily, grinning from ear to ear. I was astounded by her heart and her love towards others. My attitude was changing, when I received a text from a close friend to “tell our neighbors the truth” if they ask questions. He was right!
Is it a little weird to pass out home-baked cookies to our neighbors? In today’s crazy world, it may be. Why would I let that deter me? Ellie simply wanted to spread love, to make others happy. To do GOOD (and baking cookies is fun!). Her heart was pure and her motives were in the right place.
My daughter taught ME a lesson. I need to be more purposeful in sharing my faith. I need to share love more often. This world can be so dark, so scary, SO negative. This world needs light. Sometimes Mommy’s can learn something too.
We went back inside and started our regular, everyday routine. We had a late breakfast (in case anyone was wondering! I figured someone may ask. I do feed my kid).
What lessons have your children taught you?