Here’s a good one from Mike Mondragon-my sweet husband!  Good admonition for all of us parents!  Enjoy! -anita
John 13:34-35 (KJV)34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


As an adult, my childhood recollections consist of only sweet memories, of  heartfelt wonderful times and cherished moments!  My Mother protected me from the evils of the world, because as her last child, she was naturally very protective.  As such grew up kind of spoiled.  Yes, I know it! I am not ashamed of it.  I came by it honestly and thank her for it. Let me explain to you why…
My mother exemplified love.  I know she did this intentionally. That’s just the way she was. That was her way of doing things. It was her nature.  What she likely did not realize that because of her outpouring of undeniable unending and unconditional love, she would affect everyone she met.  Her example would help me to understand and know God more intimately. The love she showered on me would so affect my processes as to teach me to love fiercely, and be loyal to those I love.  This resulted in a man who places God first, and desires to be a man after God’s own heart.  To be more like Him everyday.  Make no mistake, I still fall short of the Glory of God every day!  I also fully realize how much I need God on a daily basis.
My Mother showed love in a tangible way.  But wait, don’t get it twisted!  When I needed a spanking, I got one- but love and acceptance with correction was a much better teacher. The fear of disappointing my Mother, impacted me much more than a good spanking.  But that was because Love with correction is a most powerful tool.
In short, I encourage you Mothers and Fathers to Love your children unconditionally, spoil them.  Cheer them on.  Encourage them.  Love them Fiercely.  They will personify that love and become children of God for GOD IS LOVE.
I do believe that correction is needed but do it in love, not because we are angry or hurt or just need someone to place our hurts upon.  Be careful, but show them love.  Be the example to them and everyone you meet.  Go out of your way.   Love costs something… just ask Jesus.  It cost Him His life.
BE the change you want to see…..   Next time you see me, if I come up and hug you, I hope you’re not offended.  I hope to be able to show you more love, because I had a great example!
Mike Mondragon