1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
If we live in a house of spotless beauty with everything painted and in its place, but have not love, we are a housekeeper-not a homemaker.
If we have time for mowing the yard, washing the car, and painting, but have not love, our children learn cleanliness-not godliness.
Love leaves the dirt on the car in search of a child's laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys. Love is there through the trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive. Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, and then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart.
Before I became a father I took glory in the fact that the house was in prefect condition.
Now I glory in God's perfection of my child. As a father, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.
Dear Lord, help us have our priorities right as we raise the children that You have given to us. Help our lives be filled with love as we teach and train our children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.