We complicate life but the truth is simple. Love conquers all. Therefore, if we ask ourselves “What would LOVE do?” when confronted with tough situations, we’ll respond the right way.
I read this question: “What would LOVE do?”, a few weeks ago and it stuck. I find myself repeating or asking those four words often. When I pause and act on my answer, I am always happy about the decision I made. I have saved myself a lot of frustration, anger, and impatience by thinking through the answer.
Recently, Micha wanted me to leave her door open during her naptime. I resisted because I didn’t want to give in. We never leave her door open and I didn’t want to add another part to her bedtime routine. I wanted to be in control of the situation and not let her ‘win’ (childish, I know). She started crying. Before I reacted in my normal way, I caught myself and asked, “What would LOVE do?” I realized I wasn’t responding with love. So, I quickly asked myself, “Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things if I leave her door open?” NO. “Is this a phase that she’s going to get over?” YES. So I followed love. Love said “Leave the door open and let it go.” It was easy and better for both of us. I saved myself from a lot of frustration and I spared her a lot of tears and a longer delay of nap-time.
I don’t handle stress well, but I’ve found myself much more patient and at peace since I’ve started responding with LOVE. It’s easy to take for granted all that we have and the love in our lives. Having children is hard work but it’s also incredible. I have been granted an amazing gift of creating life. I want to love my babies as much as possible. By asking “What would LOVE do?”, I’ve gotten better at responding to what my children need and we’re all happier because of it.
So, ask yourself “What would LOVE do?” when life gets tough. My hope is that you’ll become more compassionate and find more joy in your days. If you look at the expression on Micha’s face as she runs towards LOVE (aka, her mama), you can see how great it feels. I know these four words have made a difference to me, so I’ll keep on keeping on with my little mantra. 🙂
Have a LOVE-filled week!