Guest Blogger: Melanie Nichols
This March, we are sharing a special series of blog posts from Melanie Nichols. This series was originally posted in February 2021. You can find Melanie and her blog here. If you would like to submit to our blog, please email us.
The Oxford dictionary defines zeal as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.” Whether at home or in the classroom, one of our greatest objectives is for our children to know without a doubt that they are loved. The Oxford dictionary also lists synonyms for zeal as enthusiasm, eagerness, gusto, and energy. When we love our children zealously, we love them with enthusiasm, eagerness, gusto, and energy. This comes naturally for some, but it feels uncomfortable for others. And either way, sometimes we find ourselves in the situation of not loving our kids’ actions and choices. Nevertheless, when we make an effort to love with zeal, our children will reap the many benefits of knowing they are deeply loved.
Let us be the people in our kids’ lives who don’t hold back, the place they turn to know they are loved unconditionally. Let us be the ones who love them without reservation. We’ll be the ones that cheer for them, compliment them, inspire them, and encourage them when they are on the right path. Let us be the people who love them “loudly, enthusiastically, and boldly because love is not supposed to be kept hidden” (Love Enthusiastically).