In today's day and age, everybody and their great-aunts have an opinion on how you should raise your children. And, unfortunately, many of those opinions are public and personal. The unsolicited advice is overwhelming and scary. Are you failing your kids?
When it all boils down, there is only one thing your children need to know. Don't get me wrong, math and social skills are super important. But this one thing will effect the way they see themselves, the way they see the world... every aspect of their lives. What is this fundamental thing?
The love of God.
The wonderful, truly unconditional love of the all-powerful and all-compassionate God towards every single person who has ever lived.
God describes Himself as love. God Himself being love is why He made us, why He saved us, and why all our attempts to prove ourselves are nothing to Him. He loves us perfectly already. Yes, one can get into all the different nuances of His love, such as grace and forgiveness and sovereignty, but He Himself brings it all back to love.
And when that love takes a hold on our hearts, it changes us in a way we could never dream possible. God says that the love we have for Him comes from realizing the love He has for us, and that all of Scripture boils down to this: God loves us so unconditionally and so sacrificially that when that love grabs hold of us, it has the power to change us. It has the power to cause to to walk, talk, and see the world as He does.
God is Himself love. He created love, and He loves perfectly without condition and without failing. His love overtakes our being and makes something new and something beautiful. A person who is walking in the love of God is walking in the light and shines in the darkness as a beacon to all who are wandering.
This is love.
This is life.
And this is life to the fullest.