“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” John 15:9
Last night was the daddy-daughter date night at our elementary school. Our youngest struggled to find what she wanted to wear and then didn’t want my help in getting ready. I thought adding a little extra curl or sparkle would be fun. To her, it communicated that she was not pretty enough as she was; words actually spoken in response to my suggestion. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, this exchange gave more evidence for the role love plays in a child’s level of confidence. She has no reason or desire to impress, simply wants to be herself. Whatever the event, she arrives loved and ready to enjoy others. She is free to participate or observe, nothing waits for approval. Perhaps this is not taught, but lived day in and day out. Living loved by our Father, remaining in His love, and then extending this love to others, especially our children. Maybe it is when we step out of this love cycle that we begin to self-protect and self-promote to hide our true need, to be loved.