A March Thank You

 

"I don't listen."

"I don't like myself."

"I'm too harsh."

The little girl who wrote these words on a piece of paper was in 2nd grade.  She felt like the "bad one" in her family.  She told her counselor that, whenever she got sad, she would go to her room just to think.

"What do you think about?"

"How bad I am."

"I want you to write out the kinds of thoughts you have when you're in your room on this piece of paper."

And these were the words she wrote.

"I don't listen."

"I don't like myself."

"I'm too harsh."

This little girl, as you already know, is not the "bad one" in her family.  She makes mistakes, as do we all.  She is in counseling because she gets so down and worries her mom when she does so.

After talking through her feelings for several minutes, the counselor leaned toward the little girl and in a quiet voice said, "Do you know who loves you more than you could ever imagine and thinks you're really wonderful all of the time?"

The little girl smiled really big and said, "You..."

Obviously, the counselor was not intending for the little girl to think it was her.  But, her response was a swift, "Absolutely."  And then she followed by telling her how very much Jesus loves her and delights in her and believes she is a great gift, to Him and to her family.

It is a tremendous honor to get to remind children and teenagers every day of how much Jesus loves them.  And how much we do, too, in the process.  We are so grateful for your care for these families, too, and your willingness to partner with us to offer love and hope to so many girls like this one.