The Greatest of These Is Love

“Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love].” 1 Corinthians 13:13
If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but don’t have love, I am a housekeeper not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative arrangements, but don’t have love, my children learn cleanliness and fashion, not godliness.
Love leaves the dust 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 present through the trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and responds.
Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, 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 mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God’s perfecting of my child.
As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is God’s love.
Anon.