THE FATHER’S HEARTBEAT

I think every parent has a soft spot for anyone who shows love and kindness to their children.

I do.

Back in Nigeria, our kids’ nanny was amazing. She loved them like they were hers. My job at the time didn’t allow me spend enough time with my children (and after that experience, I vowed never to let that happen to again), and so aunty Patience had to fill in as ‘Mom’. It was a role she played willingly. She potty-trained them, helped with their homework, took care of them when they were sick, disciplined them when she had to, and then she would hug them when they cried! She knew their favorite meals.

Her love for my kids is one of the reasons I have stayed in touch with her till date. We don’t talk everyday but I try to reach out to her as often as I can. If she has a need, I do all that is within my power to find a solution for her. I always want to be sure that all is well with her. I love her dearly.

I have also met people who have opened the doors of their hearts to my children in different ways. My aunty Jacqueline is a perfect example. She has become their ‘Canadian Grandma’.

My friend (I’ll call her Lara) is always willing to have our boys come over to her house to play with her boys. She never complains and before they leave, she makes sure they are well-fed so I don’t have to bother making dinner when they get home.

My friend (I’ll  call her Wehimi), her dear husband and her amazing Mom were always willing to baby-sit when our kids where younger and couldn’t stay on their own if we had to go out.

My younger friends, Omale and Marthe are just a call away if we need an adult in the house while we’re out and whenever they show up, they come with treats for our kids – pizza, cake, doughnuts and all the stuff that make kids get excited and happy!

The list is long.

These people occupy a special place in my heart. Their acts of love and kindness to my children has endeared me to them. I love them dearly and I have decided to be there whenever they need me. I am always quick to respond to or return their calls as the case may be. I have also sacrificed my time and resources for them as a token of gratitude for all they have done and are still doing for my children. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving them, God being my helper!

If I, as human as I am, with all my faults, weaknesses and limitations, will be so committed to these people because of their love for my children, how much more will God, our Heavenly Father, be committed to us when we choose to love His own children, His people!

You see, sometimes, the things we pursue and chase after in order to make it into heaven are not the things that really matter to God. On the contrary, when we stand before Him in judgement, the statements will be different from what we expect. To some, He will say,

“Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was in prison and you visited me….WHEN YOU DID IT FOR THE LEAST OF THESE ONES, YOU DID IT FOR ME.”

To some others, He will say,

“Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t invite me in. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison and you didn’t visit me…I tell you the truth, WHEN YOU REFUSED TO HELP THE LEAST OF THESE ONES, YOU WERE REFUSING TO HELP ME.”

You know why?

It is because God is all about His people; His children; the ones He created in His image and likeness. He wants them to be taken care of, to prosper, to excel, to live victoriously here on earth and He is counting on you and I to make it happen for you and I – if that makes sense!

So, do you love people? Do you care about their needs, their well-being, their welfare? Are you moved by the challenges and difficulties that God’s people experience daily? Are you willing to give your time and resources to make life better for someone else? Are you ready to share your knowledge, experiences, gifts and talents so that someone else can leverage on them to succeed?

If you read through scriptures, you will notice that Jesus, the Son of God, was all about people. He went about healing, feeding, forgiving, saving and restoring people because He understood that was the heartbeat of His Father.

As God’s representative on earth, are you just purpose-driven or are people-driven as well? If you are more of the latter, then you will always have a special place in God’s heart. He will never shut His eyes to your needs. He will always be there for you and after you have done all, His arms will be wide open and ready to recieve you into His kingdom.

Just like every caring parent, God loves His children and He loves those who love His children too.