Why We Do The Things We Do

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – When my son Joel was young, I attended all his school plays and events, concerts and soccer games.  I was there for his graduations (High School and college) and every parent’s weekends.  People might say, “boy, you really must love going to these things?”  No, I don’t.  If I did, I would still randomly attend them.  Another parent might then say, “which is your child (they’d probably say grandchild)?”  To which I would reply, “none of them.  I just love going to kindergarten plays.”  Afterwards, I’d probably be questioned by the police.

  I didn’t go because I loved the events, I went because I love my son.  Miscues in plays, sour notes in concerts, kicking the ball into the wrong net. Sitting for a couple hours in the sweltering heat, listening to an overlong speech and listening to a long list of names to be called just to hear that one name.  None of that mattered.  It was my son.  He matters.  Given the chance, every parent worth their salt would do it all over again.

My Advice – We know how the Father showed His love for us.  How are we showing our love for Him? Do we do the things we do because we love to do them, or because we love the one we do them for?