Disclaimer: I know that some may have concern that I’m writing on this topic because the anecdote is about my younger daughter. I asked Peyton if she would be ok with me sharing this, and she told me that she would be fine with it. In fact, her exact words were, “Everyone at school knows I see a counselor, because I’m not afraid of my mental health…” (Only my kid.)
Every other week Peyton heads into the office of a counselor to chat about what’s been going on in her life. And every other week I tease her going in with, “Don’t forget to tell her how awesome I am,” and coming out with, “Did you tell her how I awesome I was!” I’ve said it to her for a year and a half now. She’s knows I’m joking, and she laughs every time and replies, “We don’t even talk about you, mom!” It’s become this ‘thing’ between us that cracks us up.
This last visit as she got into the car, we did the routine. You could’ve blown me over with a feather when she said, “Actually, yes I did. I told her how you helped me with something I was struggling with and it was nice.” I wasn’t quite sure how to respond….except in true Erin-fashion, “YES!!!! I’M AWESOME!” which of course had us both laughing.
Truth is, in my heart I was truly happy that she had talked about me positively. Whether selfish or not, I adore my kid and would do anything to help her. I loved that she had vocalized that to someone else. I wonder if God feels the same way.
There are times where, sadly, I don’t take opportunities to share Him with the people around me. I get busy or distracted and the chance to witness to someone about His love passes me by. When I share the Good News, does He get excited because it finally happened?! Is He surprised that I actually said something?
He directs us to be telling the world about the gospel and His Son’s sacrifice, and I get sidetracked with chatting about what was on TV last night. I don’t want it to be this way. I desire for my conversation with Him to be not “did you FINALLY tell her how much I love her” but rather “who did you tell how much I love her” because He’s not astonished that I actually spoke up.
I would encourage you to be bold in your words about Jesus and His sacrifice. Share and share often! Don’t let days or weeks go by without telling the people around you about a love that knows no bounds.
Does anyone else struggle with this? Come to the front porch and share your own stories!