Conversation I had with my nine year old granddaughter recently, whom I will call R-girl.
R-girl: Grandma did you know that you are a lot like God?
Me: Like how?
R-girl: You both love me no matter what...even if I'm not at my best, you always love me...
Me: Of course I love you no matter what...
R-girl:...and you love people that lots of people don't like...and your always nice to strangers...and you treat everyone with respect...and you always seem to know when someone needs a hug...your always listening to every ones problems, just like God does...
Me: Oh honey, your so sweet but you know I am not even close to being like God. I do things wrong...I make mistakes...(good lord if she knew!)
R-girl: I know you do Grandma...but, Grandma I am always watching you...I watch you be like God...I hope I can be like you someday.
Tears filled my eyes through out this conversation and more was said but you get the picture of the conversation. The sweetness of my precious granddaughter touches my heart and yes it's nice that she thinks so highly of me but I think the biggest message I got from this conversation is the fact that she is watching me.
She is watching me, just as my kids did, just as my new little ones are watching me. I can say all the things I can to them in trying to teach and train them for life... but in the end it's how I live that speaks the loudest. I knew this already from raising my children...my actions speak louder than words. Maybe, I needed to be reminded of this from the precious nine year old in my life.