My sweet girls spent the afternoon putting stickers on paper. They used up their entire Princess Memo pads. Then they put the papers they had created in their buckets. They spent the afternoon playing all kinds of games with them.
Then K(age4) stated that she had made them for all of our neighbors and wanted to deliver them. We took a little walk and gave the neighbors who were home one of the sheets that K decorated. Most of the neighbors weren't home, but those who were thanked her and smiled.
After dinner, K wanted to go outside and deliver the rest of the papers. We took them out to the boys who were playing outside. She handed them out. All of them, except one accepted her paper. One little boy(age 6) handed it back and said, "I don't want this." I quickly took it, hoping she didn't notice and there wouldn't be any hurt feelings. We delivered the rest of them to everyone else outside.
On the way home, K said to me, "Why didn't Brad want this?" I nicely stated, "Well, sometimes people don't want the nice things we make for them. That's OK. It was still nice of you offer him one."
Of course, I was thinking that I wished Brad had just taken the paper and said thank you. I was hoping she didn't have her feelings hurt. I was thinking he was a very ungracious little boy...until she said...
"I wonder what Brad would like. What do you think I could make him that he would like to have?"
Such an amazing response. No judgement. No unkind thoughts. No resentment. Just a loving desire to serve someone else and to meet their needs.
May I learn the same response.
I Cor 13:5 "It [love] is not self-seeking..."