In a book I read recently, Love That Boy, author Ron Fornier offered the following:
A parent's love is unconditional. A parent's satisfaction comes with caveats. This is an important distinction: You love your kids no matter what, but you expect them to be something - smart or popular or successful, maybe a scholarship athlete who marries well and runs the family business.
On Fathers Day, I was privileged with the opportunity to deliver the messages for the Sunday services at New Song Church in Mechanicsville, VA. During those messages, I made the point that I think I do a great job of not letting my expectations for my kids stand in the way of me loving them. The truth is, though, I do a lousy job of not letting them interfere with the way I love my neighbors. I believe God chose to relate to us as a Father to his children because he believed that was the best opportunity to deliver his main message: Love.
Love everyone. Love them unconditionally.
I hope you'll listen in to my latest podcast as I discuss our Father's love for us, and how that love should direct the way we love others.