how will we know if we have raised our children well? there are many
litmus tests, but i like the kindness test the best.
- how do they treat the dog when no one is looking?
- who do they prefer, the high and mighty or the underdog? (sensing a dog theme here)
- are they generous to those in need?
- what do i feel when they leave, relief or sadness?
sadness, always sadness.
our oldest son and his precious wife have been living with us for nine months
while they have been remodeling a home. tonight they spend the first night
in their own house, and i'm feeling just like i did when he left for college.
but that unhappy feeling is laced with gratitude and hope. i hope they visit
often, and i'm grateful that, because they were such thoughtful houseguests,
i don't feel one bit relieved that they're leaving.
well, i guess i could say that i'm relieved he grew up so kind.
"be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in
Christ God forgave you." ephesians 4:32