Last Sunday--when I picked the Camster up from his darling, "toddler-ridden" church class--I noticed three things that warmed me to my "mama core" and made my heart melt like buttah:
1.) When I walked into the room, my little man greeted me with a happy, toothy grin that made me want to kiss his face off. 2.) He yelled, "Ma," and squealed for joy--no longer able to contain his elation over seeing my crazy face. It made me want to kiss his face off. 3.) He was wearing a paper crown that had the words, "I Am A Child Of God," printed on it.
As I scooped Cam up into my arms, looked into his sparkly, puppy dog-brown eyes, and felt his chubby hands reach around my neck, I was struck by a deep realization: I knew he was exactly what that crown said--a child of God.
Occasionally, we go through discouraging periods in our lives when we feel painfully unimportant. We may feel as though we aren't smart enough or good enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough, not patient and kind enough, not fun enough. We question our abilities (especially as mothers!) and wonder why our weaknesses outnumber our strengths. We wrongfully compare ourselves to others and find we never, ever measure up. We wonder if we matter. Well, what a lovely and blessed reminder--sitting atop my baby boy's head--of our inherently divine nature!
We ARE Children of God...and sometimes, we forget.
In those moments, we need our own paper crowns to proudly wear; to remind us of the value of our souls. What would those crowns tell us? That we DO matter. We are irreplaceable. We are wonderful! God did not send us to this earth to fail. Our spirits are so special; our worth as infinite as the stars in the night sky. Our potential for good is extraordinary. We can do great things.
(No thumb sucking required!)