My three younger children go to a wonderful preschool. My oldest daughter who is 5 years old, goes five mornings a week in their pre-k program. The school is sponsored by a local Methodist church and the kids say prayer before snack and attend monthly kid worship. It is Christian based, and a fantastic program. I know my kids like their school - they are happy to be dropped off and love their teachers and friends. However, if you have ever had a conversation with a five year old, you know that sometimes you don't always get the full re-cap of the school day! Our typical car ride home conversation sounds a little like this:
me "what did you do a school today?"
daughter: "went to the playground."
me: "what did you do on the playground?"
daughter: no response
me: "what was snack today?"
daughter: "we found worms on the playground and I put one in my pocket, can we get Chik fil a for lunch?"
That is it. When she is ready she will tell me bits and pieces about her day. It is when these bits and pieces come out I learn how much she likes school and how she is learning and growing both academically and spiritually. One night last week my daughter and I were reading her Princess Devotional Bible as her bedtime story. We came to one of my favorite verses:
1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails ... (NIV)
My daughter jumped off the couch and said "I know this, this is my class verse! Love is patient, love is kind." and she looked at me and said, "you know Mom, Love really is." I then shared with her that this is one of my favorite verses too and showed her the water color paining of it that had been hanging in her bedroom since she was a baby. Something that was always right in front of her and never realized the meaning. This verse is commonly used in Christian Wedding Ceremonies. I have been thinking about this verse since last week and how it can be used and how it is currently being used in my house on a daily basis.
Give it a try in your house - you don't need to be Christian - just think about the words: Love is Patient. Love is Kind. Just like the love YOU feel for your kids.
Have a great evening!