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Today is my son, Luke’s third birthday. He is the little light in our family as his name means “Light of God.” He says hi to everyone as long as they don’t look at him first, takes command before meals to be the first to pray, and loves being with his family. Oh and how he gets into everything, enjoys eating chicken food every once in a while, and jumps off the highest things he can find. There are a lot of things we could learn from our children if we just open our eyes. After all Jesus said in Mathew 18:3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I have learned these 5 lessons from my son.

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” ~Mother Teresa

1. Hugs should be full. None of this side hug garbage. When my son hugs me it is an all out tackle. You can just feel the warmth and love coming through the little guy. We should love each other like that.

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~English Proverb

2. Everyone gets greeted. He says hi and smiles to everyone that doesn’t look at him. It doesn’t matter what you look like, he will say hi. If he is feeling comfortable he will  start talking. A warm smile and acknowledgement is all it takes to brighten someone’s day.

3. Unafraid. Sometimes this makes me nervous, but he is not afraid of much. He jumps off everything arms wide open. This is how we should be. Not tipping the toe in the water but rather jumping in arms wide open giving all of ourselves into the new adventure.

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours.” ~C.S. Lewis

4. Why. He is a why machine. Anyone who has kids is familiar with this time of childhood. It can be challenging, but we all need to be asking why. If you don’t know the why, you just don’t know. (Tweet that)

5. He asks for help. Heaven forbid us adults show a little humility and ask each other for help. After all we have to keep up with the game and pretend that we are perfect and need no one. You and I are flawed. When we need help let’s just ask for it.

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” ~Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. first lady

Happy birthday, Luke. Thank you for teaching your dad how to live a life that is a light to the world.

What things do your children or other peoples’ kids teach you?

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