My kids know whether I really care about something they’re talking about, showing me or doing. If my attention is not completely on them, or if I’m not quite enthusiastic enough with my “I like it!” or “Way to go!” they accuse me of not liking it or not caring about whatever “it” may be.
I have a tendency toward laziness, so if I really don’t have a genuine concern or care for someone, then it’s easy for me not to do something about their need or pain. And I can tend toward grumbling about the things I have to do as a wife and mother to take care of my family: more laundry, another meal, more homework to correct.
But if I genuinely care, then all those things should flow out of that caring.
Our theme at school this year has been “Love in Action.” “And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:21 NIV84).
Helping a friend reroof his house.
Taking care of a friend’s kids when they are delayed getting to school to pick them up.
Taking another friend’s son back up to his high school campus to pick up his clarinet that he left there, because he has a competition the next day and your friend is at a hair appointment with her three other children.
Paying undivided attention to your child when she’s talking about something you might not really care about, but you care about her.
These aren’t huge things (well, reroofing a house is huge). But they are showing love. And those for whom you do it can tell.
13. Warm winters
14. Working with good friends so that an all-day Saturday work day isn’t torturous
15. Dinner cooking in the crockpot