So I was listening to the radio as I drove home from dropping off William at his class this morning and I heard the song Remind me who I am by Jason Gray. This song is about a man’s personal journey of faith and his relationship with God, yet when I hear his voice, I am reminded of something very critical to me as a parent: my children need to know love and they will learn it primarily from me. While the adult in this song is obviously looking, searching, and wanting confirmation for himself, a child would not necessarily do that on his or her own. They inherently know and accept affection and service, and give it, too. However, a child needs that love reaffirmed by those around him or her- parent, siblings, relatives, friends, and community, or he or she could lose that identity as a loved being. I hear the song- remind me who I am to you, remind me why I am loved- and I recognize how dearly important that is for a healthy childhood and preparation for a healthy adult life. Everyone needs that; not just children! I can show my children love because I have been loved. I know One who loves them more than I- although sometimes that is difficult to imagine. I believe every human being has a spark of divinity in him or her, yet how will anyone ever believe it if no one reflects it back to them- with words, with love, with appropriate touch, with time and fellowship?
How do I say today, “You are important to me! You matter! Look at how fabulous you are! I love you! I am glad to know you and honored to witness your life”? I want to say that to everyone I know! Do I remember to say that in meaningful ways? I am working on becoming better at that. If I have missed you, forgive my oversight. I tend to wrap myself up in busy-ness, which means nowhere near as much to me as you do.
I am blessed! I have so many amazing people in my life, young and old! What a great life! So today I say, point-blank,
You! You are important to me! You matter! You are fabulous! I love you! I am glad to know you and I am honored to witness your life! Thank you for allowing me in!
Have a fab day! Afterall, you are worth it!