"The idea we matter is more important to learn in childhood than in any other stage. And they learn from adults, from whether or not they get off the phone, make eye contact, get mad too quickly, love them enough to stay married to their mom, love them enough to protect them from danger, even from themselves. The message God wants to communicate to children is entrusted to you, to the way you look at them or celebrate them when they walk into a room. If they get that message, the Bible will confirm it for the rest of their lives. And if they don’t, they’ll struggle to believe the overwhelming obviousness of God’s love..." -Donald MillerThis task is not only entrusted to parents. This applies to our nieces, nephews, grandchildren, our neighbors. They are looking to us to know that they matter - to know that they are loved.
The following video about a father and son launching a balloon into space has been making it's rounds for a couple months now. The first time I saw it, it struck me as profound and I wanted to share it but I have been waiting for the right moment. Even if you have already seen it I encourage you to watch it again, but this time watch the boys eyes.
You can see a spark of life igniting in his eyes that will illuminate his path. Because someone in his life took a moment to care, to embark on a journey, to imagine and create something together, to be present.
Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.
May this be an inspiration and encouragement for you to be present in the lives of children around you.