“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.” ~ Mother Teresa …
One of the most important things we can do here on this earth is to show love and compassion to others, especially children, as it is essential for their sound growth towards adulthood. Of course, the most obvious and best place to start doing this is in our own homes, as families need lots of love. Yet it amazes me how often we show love towards strangers, but fail to offer that same love to those closest to us. Perhaps we have too many expectations of those at home, so it is easier for us to be critical and judgmental of them when our expectations are not met. Perhaps we are just so familiar with each other that we forget to take the time to consider their needs and their feelings. Or maybe we are simply out to get the acceptance of others, and so we put forth most of our effort towards strangers since we already have a measure of acceptance at home.
Regardless of the reason, our family needs our love the most. We interact with each other daily and we often rely on one another for support. Perhaps it is not always that apparent to us, but as family, we hold more influence over each other’s lives than we often admit. We can lift one’s spirits and brighten a day with a single smile. We can encourage one’s heart with a few caring words. As parents, we can provide the necessary reassurance, guidance, and love that our children require. And as brothers and sisters, spouses, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, we can be there for each other to help relieve pain, loneliness, doubt, grief, and the multitudes of burdensome emotions that we feel.
“Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.” Make your home a safe haven for all those who should enter it–offering love, hope, compassion, and peace to all weary travelers–for the world will never find peace and love if it does not first exist in the home.
Show only love to all within your home today.
Questions to consider:
How often do you bring love to your home and the people who live there?
What do other members of your family bring to the home? Are they aware of what they bring?
Can we really love others if we are not able to completely and unconditionally love those in our family?
For further thought:
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning “Good morning” at total strangers.” ~ Maya Angelou