A Glimpse of His Glorious Love in Eyes Almost Mine – But better.

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And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of the and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:2-4 (ESV)

This is my hero.

He doesn’t know it, though. He thinks I am his hero. But, he is mistaken.

I want to be like him when I grow up. He thinks he should be like me. Only manlier.

Again he is wrong.

When he was a about 4 years old he was so helpful that he would regularly cause me to have to clean up, fix, back track, and generally make my life a little more hard in an already busy household. One day, in frustration and exhaustion I cried out, “Baby, you’re being too helpful!” With a broken heart, he looked up at me with beautiful, big, brown eyes and moaned and sighed sadly, as if he had a problem that he wished he could change, but couldn’t seem to figure out how. “I can’t help it Mommy, I was born this way!” And he really was. (After feeling about two inches tall, I promptly apologized and wrapped him in the biggest Mommy bear hug ever!)

He has always been full of love, and joy, and hope. He is amazingly empathetic. As a toddler he cried whenever his baby brother cried and was not immediately attended to. He is still this way. Recently, he had a serious talk with me about how it bothered him that I did not immediately get up when his two year old sister cried. (During which we had a very mature discussion about the varying natures and types of cries.)

He will often give up the most prized item of the moment, if one of his other siblings seems to want it more – even if that item is Mommy. (Sometimes, I do intervene and gently insist that he not, because he needs Mommy too. And, I can tell that he secretly likes that very much.)

Last year at the Cub Scout Olympics, his pack competed against other local packs. His baby brother, who is not yet a Cub Scout, tagged along, and was allowed to compete. Out of the entire pack, the only one who won a medal was the one participant who wasn’t yet old enough to be a Cub Scout – his baby brother. And you know what? He was absolutely thrilled for him.

He apologizes when he has hurt someone, and is extremely protective of his younger siblings. He sincerely addresses and repents from his own personal sin. And his prayers reflect a heart that is innately and longingly attuned toward God.

Within him beats a heart that believes the best about people. He absolutely refuses to give up on people.

One of the most beautiful things about him is in regards to his faith. He has faith that believes that all things are possible, with God. He has faith that can move mountains.

But, above all else, he loves to love. This Christmas season, he turned 7. Unfortunately, I had to miss his birthday. Oh I saw him for a few moments. Of course I was very sedated and a bit exhausted – having just given birth to his newest baby brother. And you know what? My darling hero was overjoyed. He was ecstatic.

He had prayed and prayed for the baby to born on his birthday. He wanted to share his birthday with his new brother. You would think that having a birthday on Christmas Eve, so close to Christmas, would be enough. But this wonderful, amazing, full-of-love little boy wanted more. He wanted more! He wanted to give more love and share more love, and he wanted to share it with his new baby brother.

No, he is not perfect. On an average day, he has more energy than a three year old whose been given 5 Rice Krispies Treats and giant root beer float. He can have a quick temper, and he is dreadfully strong-willed. He is fiercely independent, which can frequently lead to him disregarding what I have told him to do, for a way that he things is best. And he can be terribly bossy and opinionated.

In effect, he is his mother’s and father’s child.

But, in spite of his imperfections, he reminds me daily that I should aspire to love. He reminds me to believe the best about others, and to not give up on people because of their mistakes. He reminds me of the importance of forgiveness, and caring for those who are unable to care for themselves – even if they are not my direct responsibility. He reminds me that I am not the center of the universe, and that I should be intentional about seeking to help others. He reminds me to be willing to share or even offer up those things that are most valuable to me. He reminds me to always root for the success of others, and to not put my own selfish ambition above the call to love. He reminds me that relationships make life worth living, not things, days, or events. And most importantly, he reminds me to pray, and to do so with sincerity and longing, seeking God to change my heart when necessary, and believing that He hears my prayers.

And every chance he gets, he makes a point to remind me that I am loved.

When he looks at me he sees love. He doesn’t see how flawed I am, my many imperfections, or my aggravating tendency to make the wrong choice or say the wrong thing – even when I know better. No, instead he sees an example to live up to. He sees a mother he admires. And he loves the fact that he has my eyes.

He is right. He does have my eyes. And, when I look at him, I see all the things I used to see in the mirror – and so much more. Because through him, I see daily, a glimpse of God’s glorious love in eyes almost mine – but better.

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Yes, he is my hero. I know that when he grows up he wants to be like me. But, I hope that when I grow up, I will be like him.

For further study: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 John 4:10 (ESV), 1 John 4:19-21 (ESV), Matthew 5:45-47 (ESV), Romans 8:38-39 (ESV), Romans 12:9-11 (ESV), Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV)

To continue to prayer on this subject go to today’s Daily Hope & a Prayer.

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Comments

  1. I have one of those helpful guys too. And he’s also a scout. I’ll never forget his kindergarten teacher telling me “We love Stone. He’s just too helpful”. I’ve had to learn to see his help as just that a HELP not a hindrance. Thank you for illustrating it so beautifully. Happy to be joining you from Equipping Godly Women.
    Tyra recently posted…Let The Little Children Come To Me: GatherMy Profile

  2. Wow! Thank you so much for linking this at Counting My Blessings! What a perfect post to go with my Big Love theme. It sounds like you have a little guy who wants to love big, what a gift from the Lord. Blessings to you and your precious family!
    Deb Wolf recently posted…Yes You Can Do Everything With Big LoveMy Profile

    • That is a wonderful way to put it! Yes, he does want to love big. And truthfully, I am more blessed, because each of my little ones are amazingly loving, selfless and thoughtful. It’s wonderful watching them love one another and others. Thanks for stopping by again!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 6My Profile

  3. Oh yes. To be just like him! What a joy you have Letetia. Love him well, so you can be just like him and he just like you. Symmetry of God is a beautiful thing. He gave you this little man to teach you so much. Love it!

    • I could not agree more. He and all my little ones inspire me daily to be submit to Christ so there will be more of Him and less of me. It only by God’s grace that I can be everything they need me to be and daily point them to Him. Thank you for stopping by! God bless!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 6My Profile

  4. A little child shall lead them. You have an amazing son !
    Hazel Moon recently posted…Creeks and KidsMy Profile

  5. You are near neighbor at Spiritual Sundays
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  6. What a beautiful post about your son! As a mother with two grown daughters—and two young grandsons—your words both bless and encourage me. Children hold a very special place in my heart, and I can only imagine the path our God has planned for your compassionate son. Already, he is touching lives, sharing the love of God with others. What a gift! And what a wonderful young mother you are to slow down amidst the everyday busy-ness of life and notice… and share with us. Some day I hope you share these words with your son. What a blessing it will be for him to “see” your heart for him. May God bless your precious hero—and his Mama!
    Susan Nowell recently posted…Weekend Wondering… A conversation with myselfMy Profile

  7. I love this!So heartwarming and touching, and a beautiful post for your son to read when he is older! Found you on the Saturday Soiree 🙂
    Cathy

  8. I loved reading about your sweet boy! I’m your neighbor at Janis’s this week.
    Elizabeth Stewart recently posted…Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart…My Profile

  9. Beautiful post about your son. It encourages me to regain focus on my daughters positive attributes. Really focusing on the good things in their heart. Thanks for sharing.
    Latonya recently posted…Making Me Smile … The Baker’s DozenMy Profile

    • Thank you for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed the post! With 5 little ones, including a newborn and two of them having special needs, I find it helps to focus on the positive! 🙂 Besides, more often than not, what I would at first consider a negative has either been directly influenced by something I have said, done, or modeled, indirectly influenced by my mood, or skewered by my perspective. God bless!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 8My Profile

  10. What a beautiful post! We are blessed to see God’s love in the eyes of those we love. Linked up with you at Playdates with God — hope you’ll stop by for a visit!
    God bless!
    Laurie Collett recently posted…Triplets of Spirit: Know, Seek, FindMy Profile

  11. awwwww! What a sweet little boy 🙂
    Brittany at Equipping Godly Women recently posted…Christian Easter Activities for KidsMy Profile

  12. What an honouring post for your son and a legacy that will be written for him to read as he grows up. May the character he has now just develop even more and may he be blessed as he grows. Thank you for sharing about your wonderful young man at Good Morning Mondays, it truly bought joy to my heart. Blessings
    Terri Presser recently posted…DOWN ON THE FARM UPDATE #4My Profile

    • Thank you for your prayers and your kind words. He has my angel. I asked him earlier “Are you going to take care of Mommy when I am older?” To which he responded “Of course Mommy, I am always going to take care of you!” I love him!!

      God bless!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 11My Profile

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this at TGI Saturdays. I have a beautiful, strong-willed, opinionated, loving 8 year old daughter.
    And as I read your post about your sweet son, i’m thinking about the man she is going to marry someday. The characteristics you describe in your son, are the characteristics I pray everyday that God would bless my daughter with in her future husband. I also pray that he would be a man who grew up in the Lord as a child and being a child of God would be second nature.
    He would lead His family in their spiritual growth.
    I would like to commend you in raising such a sweet, Godly son. I subscribed and followed. Love this blog.

    Blessings to you.
    Latisha recently posted…Sunday Show ‘n’ Tell- March Week 2- Lucky Charm CookiesMy Profile

    • Good morning! That is too funny! I too, have a beautiful, strong-willed, opinionated, loving 8 year old daughter – and I have the same prayer for her. 🙂 I am so thankful to God that He continually directs me in raising these babies. My prayer is that they will grow and mature, and seek to accomplish through their lives all that He has prepared for them to do. Thank you for your encouragement. Also, I love your blog! God bless!
      Letetia recently posted…Daily Hope & a Prayer – Day 13My Profile

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