Kendra over at Preschoolers and Peace recently did a series of posts called “Drowning in Home Management” in which she advised moms to create what she called a “Rock List” of five daily non-negotiable activities… The idea being to set realistic expectations for daily household activities, ensure focus on top priorities, and keep from becoming overwhelmed. Before sharing her own list, she invited her readers to post a comment with the five activities they identified for themselves after reflection and prayer.
The big takeaway for me was one of the items that a reader, Rachel, submitted in response to the post . Number three on her list of five daily non-negotiable items was this: “Smiling every time one of my children approaches me.”
Wow. How equally convicting and inspiring is that? Not just that Rachel wants to do it, but that she is actually setting it as one of her top-five priorities for every day. Making it a goal; no doubt praying over it and exerting effort to making it happen on a regular basis. Simple yet profound.
It reminds me of the blessing the Lord gave to Aaron and the line of priests to speak over the Israelites: “The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you” (Num 6:25). A warm, shining face. Amazingly, we have a God whose countenance towards us is a smiling one. Regardless of our behavior, our mood, our sin – his love for us is continually there. We can always find a smile from him when we seek one.
And this is to be our countenance toward our children – a face of delight, of pleasure, of warmth. We get to display the unconditional and delight-filled love of God – the love he freely and liberally showers on all of us – to our children. Day in and day out. We get to be the primary vehicle of God’s tangible grace and ceaseless love in the lives of our kids… evidenced by our faces, our smiles.
“Every time one of my children approaches me.” Really? Every time? What would it look like, I wonder, if all of us moms took this call more seriously? What if I did?