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Greetings in the Lord,

With Mother’s Day just passing us the second Sunday in May, and with Father’s Day coming up the third Sunday in June I just had to share with you some of these definitions about love from children who are 4 to 8 years old. There was a contest to select the best definition of love. When they were asked the question, “What is Love?” here is how they responded…

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even though his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on Cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl age 5

“”Love is what makes you smile when your tired.” Terri age 4

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy age 6

“Love is when Mommy makes coffee for my Daddy and she takes a sip before she gives it to him to make sure it tastes O. K.” Danny age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and talk some more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” Emily age 8

“Love is what’s left in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” (WOW!!!) Bobby age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend you hate.” Nikka age 6 (We need a few million more like Nikka on this planet)

The winner of the contest was a 4 year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to their neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.” Aaron age 6

It’s no wonder that Jesus called little children to Himself and said, “Such is the Kingdom of God…unless a person humbles himself and becomes like this little child they cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt. 18:4). Jesus isn’t talking about being uneducated…but He is talking about being innocent. Jesus isn’t talking about being immature and silly, but He is talking about being teachable and humble in our view of our own importance and self worth

The great spiritual theologian Tina Turner asked one time, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” The answer…”EVERYTHING! Jesus said the greatest commandment is “to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The Apostle Paul tells us that we can preach like angels, have faith that moves mountains, sacrifice our lives, but without love…it profits us nothing. It is my greatest desire that we at Gardenside Christian Church would be known first and foremost by the way we love…in word and deed…that’s the way this world will know we belong to Jesus. After all, God started this love stuff. He loved us first and best “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)

Living in the Love of Christ,

Rick Burdette


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