By Paige Hamilton
Spring is upon us. Perhaps your family is preparing to grow a vegetable garden or planting flowers in beds around your yard. Children and planting seeds go together. Kids love digging in dirt and then looking for signs that the seeds they planted are growing. However, even if you don’t plan to do any actual planting with your children this spring, you can still help them learn to plant seeds of God’s love.
Unlike garden or flower seeds, the seeds of God’s love can be planted in any season and in any place. No matter where we are, we can always look for an opportunity to be kind to another person. In fact, God wants us to generously share His love with everyone!
What are these small seeds of love? One easy definition to share with your children is Smiles, Encouragement, Expressions, Donations, Serving. In the words of Leo Buscaglia, known to many as Dr. Love, there is power in “a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…”
Sometimes children and adults alike believe that it is the big things that we do for God that matter. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In Mark 4: 31-32, Jesus said, “The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth, yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that birds can perch in its shade.” We may feel like our seeds are tiny actions, but God can use those seeds in big ways.
Finally, gardeners enjoy seeing the seeds they plant grow into flowering and fruitful plants. When we plant seeds of God’s love, we also want to know we made a difference. However, we are only responsible to sow those seeds. In 1 Corinthians 3: 6-8, the Apostle Paul reminds us that God gives the growth to the spiritual seeds we plant.
Paige Hamilton, a former teacher and veteran homeschool mom, is a freelance writer from Lafayette. She and her husband Jon are the parents of five (mostly) grown children.