Oh yes,…our little guy loves his big brother Teddy! No mistake about that,…but then we do, too!
Please note the lab coat! If you follow on Instagram or Twitter,…you’ve seen this lab coat,…garnered last week from a thrift store. Frankly it never occurred to me to purchase my eight year old a lab coat, but when Isaac was inspecting all the materials gathered for his home school science curriculum, he asked out of the blue, “Where’s my lab coat?” So utterly adorable for he was so utterly serious,…and yes that little phrase made it onto Twitter.
Lab coat? Where do you find a lab coat for a child? Or rather when do you find an authentic lab coat for a child that won’t cost $$$$. Trust me, a fakey costume lab coat from Party City wouldn’t cut it. Our little guy would know the difference. He wanted the real deal,…’cause he knew it would last! Thankfully when the Lord promised to meet all of our needs,…that includes lab coats for scientific-minded eight year olds. Mama searched high and low,…and eventually scored a lab coat for her little guy. Best $3.00 ever spent!
That’s a lot of love,…to search the city for a non-necessity. Isaac doesn’t ‘need’ a lab coat to study science, or math, or reading for that matter. The coat is certainly helpful, it’s turned our entire house into a laboratory with a reading lab, math lab, science lab, of course, writing lab, spelling lab, and even breakfast lab, lunch lab, and supper lab. Is our little guy taking the lab theme,…a little too far? Yes, no, yes,….NO,…no,…and another no,…’cause it’s important to him,…thus it’s important to us.
Besides it’s the perfect lesson in getting into the right frame of mind. Isaac puts on that lab coat, and he’s ready to learn, to work, to give his best effort,…and our little guy always gives 100%. I mean, check out that birthday decor! If he’s going to tell his Teddy, “Happy Birthday!” — he’s going all out.
And so should we.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23
This especially applies to love!
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
– 1 Peter 4:8
Only the Lord is perfect,…the rest of us are finite beings,…prone to err,…and thus it is most wise to learn to love,…really love,…the love is patient, love is kind, love keeps no records of wrongs type love, which actually is a picture of the God’s love for us!
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends,…” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
The world, of course, distorts the image of love until it is so filled with selfish, self-satisfied, self-indulgence and decadence you can’t recognize it. Or in other words the world’s version of love,…doesn’t last. Kinda like a fakey-lab coat that would disintegrate in the washing machine,…it’s not the real deal. When you’ve experienced what’s real,…you can immediately tell the difference!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3: 12-14
The right clothing can help us have the right attitude to complete our work assigned to us. When we put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we’re getting ready to work,…to give our best effort. Add the lab coat of love,…to bind everything together in perfect unity. It really makes sense.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4: 7-19
When you love someone a lot,…it’s worth going the extra mile,…to find a lab coat,…put up birthday balloons,…or reach out to others, who perhaps have never experienced ‘real’ love. Love that never ends!
God bless and keep you!