4 New Hugs (1 employee at Kohl’s, 3 new church friends)
One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn in life is that you can’t change someone’s point of view or preferences or sway them into thinking the same way you do no matter how many encouraging, positive, convincing words you use. Something that seems so obvious to us sometimes just doesn’t fit in someone else’s life. But, I have also learned that my actions speak so much louder than my words.
In our household where I go to church but hubby does not, I wanted to encourage not demand my children to join me. They willingly went for a long time until a few weeks ago they decided they didn’t want to. I expressed my desire to have them join me and shared all of the reasons why I loved going and went without them. This continued for about a month. I was beginning to get discouraged especially because even though hubby doesn’t go to church he does agree in the value of it for our children. I began to wonder if we needed to join forces and find a way to make sure they “want” to go.
Then on Friday 5 year old looks at me and says, “I want to go to church with you Mommy. I mean, I want to sit with you in the big church, not be with the kids.” Oh, sweeter words were never heard. Sure enough, come Sunday morning I packed up both boys and off we went to church together, willingly and joyfully. As if that wasn’t enough, during service I hear 5 year old whisper, “There is God” as he is pointing to the choir director. “What?” I ask. “God” he says. I want to laugh but all I feel are chills. After service he explains that the choir director (whom he doesn’t know) looked like God. I was instantly reminded of Joan Osborne’s song “What If God Was One Of Us?” Well, what if?
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.