Parents are having a tough time at the moment; many are finding themselves under financial pressure and are struggling to give their children the material things that others have. There is much more to life than material things and being a good parent doesn’t depend on giving your children everything they want. The most important thing you can do for your child is to love them, and teach them about love.
So many parents, and children, I meet don’t know how to love. In Switzerland last week, I stood outside a shop while Jean went in to buy something and I watched a father with a child of about six waiting to cross a busy road. They were surrounded by angels and the angels told me that this father had never been shown love himself and didn’t know how to show his son love. He was talking to his son in an authoritative way about how to behave when the lights changed. He didn’t seem to know how to take his son’s hand with love and simply guide him across the road. I said a prayer that the father would feel love in his life and would be able to show it to his son.
Children need to be shown love. Your gestures of love towards them and towards others influence your children deeply. Your job as a parent is to make your children conscious of love, its importance and its power. They need to have love stirred up within them. This isn’t your task for just when they are little children, it continues when they are teenagers and adults themselves.
If our children, who are our future, do not learn about love they will be unable to show it to others and then we would face a future world that is cold and heartless. It is the ability to love that makes us human. Love dwells in each and every one of us and it is the parent’s job to make sure that their children learn how to love.
God has entrusted those children to you and your job is to turn them into loving, caring , kind members of the community, who know right from wrong. Mothers and fathers shape the future of the world, because they shape their children.. Above all you are called upon to teach your children about love. If your children do not learn to love they will lose the ability to feel and show love, which is one of the most precious gifts that God has given us.
Don’t presume your children, or other people in your life who you love, know that you love them.
Many people are afraid to declare their love in case it makes them vulnerable. Many children as they grow up are afraid to tell their parents they love them, because their parents have never told them that they loved them.
Seize the courage and say the words “I love you.” When you say “I love you” out loud and really mean it, it stirs up something deep within, that changes both you and the relationship forever.
I meet so many people who tell me that they had never told someone dear to them that they loved them and now it’s too late. Don’t have this regret, ask your guardian angel for strength and courage and say the words “I love you.”
You can watch a beautiful video of Lorna talking about this message here.
© 2013 Lorna Byrne http://www.lornabyrne.com