Feb 13 2008

How does one learn love?


When a father raises a child, what makes him more successful than others?

When he makes a child wait, does the child not learn patience?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father does not care for my needs right away. He is too busy for me.”

When he tells the child two, three, or even four times to watch for those who will take advantage of him, will the child learn to be wise?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father thinks I am stupid. He thinks I can not pick worthy friends.”

When he scolds the child, does the child stand corrected?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says “My Father does not think I can do anything right.”

When the father asks, “Child, will you take care of my business?” Does the child do so without question?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father thinks I am his slave. Every day I toil for him and receive nothing in return.”

Because for a child who does not understand his fathers love, to wait only brings on frustration; to remind, only bitterness; to correct, only belittlement; and service is nothing more than bondage.

A child must learn first that his father loves him, above all else. He can not learn anything before, because it is impossible. Nothing can be given without expressing love first. Nothing can be received without understanding that love.

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