"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control..." - Galatians 5:22-23
We have been doing a series on the fruit of the Spirit at our church. I try to be intentional about the things that I teach my kids, so I decided to work on helping them learn these fruits of the Spirit in a real and tangible way at home.
One day, without my prompting, she wanted to talk about what love really meant. She said, "Love is giving something really special away. Is there another word for that?" to which I replied, "Sacrifice." "Yeah, sacrifice. I want to sacrifice something favorite so I can show love." She spent the next 20 minutes in her room, going through her things and excitedly decided that to show love she was going to "sacrifice her super bear for Maddy to have for her birthday". I asked her if she really wanted to give her very special super bear away and she emphatically replied, "YES! Let's go wrap it!" Followed by, "Mom, take a picture of my loving!"
We spent the whole week talking about what love really means, what it means to be loved and how we can show love to others - those we know and those we don't know. It has been such a neat experience to walk through this with Analise and to see her putting it into action. I am constantly amazed and humbled by how easily children 'get it'.