“Of course it’s real,” says the other child with such force, I couldn’t help but believe it too.
“Why do you ask?”
Deep down, I know Heaven is real. I see signs daily that Scott is living his eternal life with The Lord, but lately, I wonder if we will all be reunited again. Will that happen?
“I don’t know. Sometimes I just wonder if Heaven is real,” replied my child.
“You were there before Earth, you just don’t remember,” he paused for a moment. “Mom, do you think we’ll go to Heaven? How do you get there?”
“Of course you will go to Heaven. You believe in God, Jesus, and eternal life. You are good people, who do your best to live your life for others. Keep it up, and you will go to Heaven too,” I reassured them.
“You think we’re good people? Really?”
That’s when my stomach did a flip-flop. It’s hard being one grown up living with two high-spirited kids. Our house has structure and rules, to teach them limits. They hear “No” more than “Yes.” In that moment, I knew, while I say I love you many times a day, they need to hear more positives.
“You ARE good people. You care about others; you look for ways to help; and you are both GOOD people. I mean that, with my whole heart!”
“Thanks, Mom. It’s nice to hear. You know what? You’re a good mom, even though you don’t think you are,” my oldest said.
“I could be better.”
“Yeah, ALL moms could be better. We can ALL be better, but, hey, we’re not perfect.”
Kids, as frustrating as they can be, they also teach me through their wisdom daily. “You are good people,” is a phrase I’m simply going to say more. Yes, kids need love and structure, but they need affirmations too.