Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Child of God

Sister Rosemary Wixom is the president of the worldwide children's organization of our church, the Primary. She got a special chance to speak to the parents a few months ago. Her words are inspired, and I am drawn to this talk over and over again. God speaks to me through her, and each time I pull out something else I can specifically do.
At the very end of this talk, she gives the suggestion to often whisper to your child, "You are a child of God."

I have tried to do that. How powerful this truth is. Living this truth has made such an impact on my adult life, in the way that I dress, my priorities, how I see myself, how I view the world. I know that this truth, if taught to every human being, would change the world.

Lately after I whisper Cheyenne this little fact, I will tell her what it means to be a child of God.

-Because she is a child of God, Heavenly Father loves her. I am an imperfect parent, and she may not always be able to feel my love. But I want her to know that she can always turn to her Father in Heaven in time of need. For encouragement, to see her worth, for love.

-Because she is a child of God, she is innately beautiful. I don't mean "inner beauty" I mean beautiful: she is patterned after a god, our Heavenly Mother, down to her ten little toes and her eyes that are windows to her soul. Can you imagine what a difference it would make, if, from a young age, you understood that beauty was not defined by the size of your thighs or the shape of your nose?

-Because she is a child of God, she, and everyone around her, is inherently good. Give people the benefit of the doubt, see the good. In reality, faults are not part of our true nature.

-Because she is a child of God, she can do great things. Her capacity to learn is unlimited. She has no potential, per se, because she already is great. Greatness is inside of her, waiting to burst free. She just has to release it.

Lots of times, after I tell her these things, I feel the truth burn inside of me. I know what she is.  And lots of times the reminder is more for me than it is for her. What an impact it can make on me, as her parent, to remember these truths about her. What an awesome power God has given me to guide this little soul.

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