My oldest daughter thinks the rest of the school year is going to last forever. My kids think it's going to take forever for their birthdays to get here. My youngest daughter thinks it will be forever before we make her bedtime later.
It's a term kids toss around a lot. We've all heard them whine, "This is taking forever" when we're waiting in line or doing something they don't want to do.
Forever is a long time. It's, well, forever. It means something never ends. Very few things last forever. Some things last for generations, but not forever. Most things will eventually fade away.
But forever is concept that God understands. He tells us there are two things that will last forever -- His Word and His love. That's pretty awesome.
God's love will never end. It just goes on and on and on.
What a comforting thought, to know that we don't have to worry about God's love disappearing. We don't have to wonder if His love will be there tomorrow or next week or 100 years from now. We can know God's love, our kids can know God's love and our great-great-great-great-great-great grandkids can know God's love. His love isn't going anywhere.
In Psalm 100:5, we're told "For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." I love that word enduring. It means that God's love lasts through every situation. Nothing can break it or cause it to fail. God's love is "the best, most dependable thing on the road," to borrow from a recent truck commercial.
So much in life isn't dependable. People break promises. Jobs can be lost. Home situations can change. Yet through it all, God's love is there, offering a stable base from which to live our lives.
Life can be uncertain when you're a kid, too. Other kids can be mean. Friends can move away. Mom and dad can have trouble. That's why our kids need to know that God's love lasts forever. Grab some Valentine's moments with your kids to talk about the enduring nature of God's love.
- Do some research. Ask your kids to look up some facts about old things. Find out the age of the oldest tree, the oldest person, the oldest artifact, the oldest building, etc. Talk about how even though those things are old, they don't last forever. Explain that God's love lasts forever. It has no end. While each of those things you researched will eventually fall apart or die, God's love never will.
- Draw the infinity symbol on a piece of paper shaped like a heart and hang it on your wall until Valentine's Day. Explain to your kids that the infinity symbol means something has no end. Talk about how the heart will be a visual reminder that God's love never ends.
- Choose a big event that's far away. Ask your kids to figure out how many days are between now and that event. Ask them if that seems like forever. Talk about how even though that even seems as if it will take forever to get here, it will eventually come. Talk about how we can't count the days until God's love will end. No matter how many times we turn the calendar page, God's love will still be there.
God's love will last forever. No matter our circumstances. No matter where we are. No matter how old we get.
God's love will endure.
Join us all week as we talk about God’s love, and how you can create “Valentine’s moments” with your kids that help them understand God’s love.