Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful, and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others. ~Charles W. Eliot
"I like peach tea, but Mawmaw can't drink it," Morgan said.
"Why can't she?" asked Emily.
"It has sugar in it. I don't want her to be sick," Morgan told her auntie.
"We can make two pots of tea," Emily assured her.
I'm smiling now, remembering Morgan's delight in filling two teapots. It was a having-her-cake-and-eating-it-too solution.
This is the girl who races to surprise me and make my bed. The one who helps fold the clothes and wash the dishes. Melanie has taught her to joyfully serve others first.
It's rare to find unselfishness in a child so young. It makes me look at my own actions and determine to choose the unselfish path.
|China painted by my mother|
Paul told the Philippian church, Don’t be selfish...Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others (Philippians 2:3).
We can give unselfishly of our time, attention, money and even our energy. We can live the selfless life at home, church and places of business. Forgo the new purse and leave a larger tip at the restaurant. Lay down the book you're reading and really listen to your children or husband. Start an email or text pen pal with a preteen from your church. Bake cookies and deliver them to a sweet-tooth friend.
This is the secret to raising unselfish children. They see you giving of your time, resources, attention and energy and they learn to give also. Your choice to live unselfishly will be reflected in your child's character.