This week we focus on Love. What is it, and how do we as parents show it to our little ones, and incorporate it into our homeschool learning curriculum?
Focusing on a classic education we of course go to what we consider the source of all wisdom; the Holy Bible. In 1 Corinthians 13 guides us that we can speak in the tongues of men and of angels, bu have not love, then we are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals. We can have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, we are nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. Bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things. Is not irritable or resentful, does not insist on its own way.
Love never ends. Faith hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Aristotle says “Love is composed of a single soul, inhabiting two bodies.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage” Lau Tzu
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.” Mother Teresa
To me there is nothing more clearly representative of love than when a child is first born. Especially to a mother who wants, and looked forward to that child coming into the world. So what happens? How is it that we as parents can lose our love light, and be so impatient, over-expectant, and unloving in how we speak to, and act around those we profess to love the most.
According to author, speaker and counselor Gary Chapman we all speak five Love Languages. It is our natural tendency to speak to others in our unique love languages. It is only when we seek to speak to others in their love dialect that true love emerges. It is then that we put others before us.
Do you know your kids love language? Do they know yours? How about your spouse or significant others love language?
Personally I believe this very simple truth is responsible for the conflicts in every home. We all truly strive to love our families and friends, but we see the world through our love language, and feel betrayed when we don’t hear that language, or feel that language.
You can be proactive about ensuring there is love in your home, spoken in everyones language. Take the time and go take the quiz together as a family. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/
If love is such an important thing shouldn’t we work to find out how to communicate it appropriately and toward the right things. Think about how many times you’ve heard someone say; I love my ipod, I love my phone, I love my car, I love my house, I love steak, I love pizza! Are we professing that same level of love for our friends? Our families? Our kids? Ourselves?
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” Oscar Wilde
Begin with learning the things you are worthy of being loved for, then expand that thinking to those around you, even your boss! Spend this week focusing on how to love, and be loved. What says love to you? Then go and spread it to others around you. It may just start a revolution in your live.