Mother Teresa said, “If you want to bring happiness to the world, go home and love your family.”
Loving your family is a world changing, death defying act of happiness creation.
As you love your family well your children are learning respect, compassion, empathy and connection. Children who are loved can step easily into their true identity as humans, designed to connect and care for each other and our earth.
As you love your family well everyone learns to trust one another. When people trust each other there is a sacred place for secrets to be revealed and life to be explored. Hurt and joy become shared experiences, and nothing is unbearable or unsharable. Everyone can be themselves and offer their best, imperfect and vulnerable, to the world.
As you love your family well your home becomes a haven. There are not enough places in our world where people can expect to be loved, expect to be forgiven, expect to always be welcome. There are so few places where people listen to one another with empathy and interest instead of judgement. As you love your family well your home becomes one of the few grace-warmed places in the world, and unexpected people will gather around your table.
Loving your family well means being present with them, close in heart and mind not just sitting on the same couch. Do the dishes. Embrace the chaos and the mess. Choose interruption. When the sadness and the arguments and the anger swirl around, choose to hope in the future your choice to love can create. Never lose your imagination for what God is doing in and through and for your family, no matter how broken it can feel at any moment.
Love your people well.
If you ever start to wonder whether the four walls of your home- and all of the people who need you inside of it- are holding you back from changing the world, do not fear. Whatever good thing God is inviting you to right now is right in front of you. The rest will come later. Love your people well, you do not have to go far to bring happiness to the world.
If you know someone whose love for others brings happiness to the world, cheer them on today.
Love them back.