This morning as the kids and I were getting ready, my three year old told me for the first time, "I don't like you." I was floored. I asked him why? To which he responded, "you're not being a good listener."
One of the many things we learn as kids or adults even, is to not like someone if they aren't giving us our way. Or in my sons' case, if someone is not being a good listener, or having a happy heart.
There have been times in a veggie tales movie, my husband and I without thinking, when a character isn't having a happy heart expressing that to our sons'. We say, "I don't like him, he's not having a happy heart." Yesterday, my husband said it to our son and something clicked in my head.
Are we really teaching our kids not to like a person if that person isn't acting correctly. Briefly mentioning it to my husband, we should stop teaching him that. We are called to love everyone. It isn't the person we don't like, it is his or her actions we don't agree with.
So today when he said he didn't like me, the conversation my husband and I had the day before came to mind. How unfortunate we didn't catch how we have been misinforming our kids sooner.
Ladies, join me as we break habits we have learned over the years, and renew our minds in Christ. That we may teach and instill in our children to love one another as Christ has loved us.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor