The idea for who goes first is important in the process of relationships. Writer Kirsten Holmberg tells about how she fell into the habit of pulling away from her emotionally unresponsive child. Kirsten’s therapist gave her this advice…
“He needs you to go first . . . to show him he’s worthy of love before he’ll be able to act like it.”
As sportmoms we often must make the first moves of love and acceptance particularly when our athlete returns home from a disappointing loss. In showing our continual acceptance of them we are underlining their worthiness of our love win or lose.
God went first showing his love for us…
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
Just as we don’t withdraw our love from our athlete when losses come God doesn’t withdraw His heart from us when we fail Him. In response, we can be the first to extend love to others.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for your “go first” love. I commit to being a reflection of your love by going first in loving others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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