For as long as I can remember my kids have been animal magnets. Is it hereditary?… environmental?… Or did they grow up in a barn?
Yes to All 3. Before they could walk, they were cuddling delicate furry creatures. Kristen intentionally raised them to be gentle, kind, and loving.
Her influence is clearly evident as you watch my kids sensitively approach an animal. They start with a whisper in the animal’s own language. Then they lower their head, round their shoulders, and look down to the left with an extended upheld palm…. The majority of animals find this irresistible and before long they are basking in the cuddles of my glowing kids.
Today I told my daughter that as a dad, it is so gratifying to see her in her element! “Daddy, What does that mean?” “It’s your sweet spot”, I explained, “your happy place.”
Then I paraphrased Ken Robinson’s definition from his book, “The Element: How Finding your Passion Changes Everything”
“They have discovered their element — the place where the things you love to do and the things you’re good at come together. The Element is a different way of defining our own potential.” – Sir Ken Robinson
I snapped these pics today and the more I looked at them, the more I realized…
My kids are so much closer to their authentic selves when they are caring for animals.
When your kids are in their element, they are literally resonating with the creator-living their intended purpose while vibrating at a divine frequency – remaining other’s-focused and characterized by love. Yes, they get the by-product of the joy and benefit from the encounter with the furry creature, but the creature is the focused recipient of this outward love. What a concept!
Then a question hits me even deeper…
What is it like for God when he observes us, empowered by His love, caring for others?
I imagine that it must be a nonstop joy-fest for Him. Surely, with 2.2 billion people on earth professing faith in God, there must be at least thousands, at any given point, actively loving others.
My kids acted on the impulses their parents have taught and modeled. Then we experienced extreme joy observing their gentle intimate moments. As this dad smiled over his kids thriving in their element, I think I caught a glimpse of what it’s like to be God. It was really sweet, fun, and quite fulfilling.
Do I treasure these pictures? Yes! Are they in their element? Yes. Are they loving life? They say yes.
But, even more…
I look forward to the day that the pictures reveal a deeper level of joy-fulfillment and purpose. A day when each of our kids, with their gentle hands, warm smiles, and content expressions, find themselves so comfortably and so peacefully embracing…their spouse.
You know we’ll be overflowing, and I’m certain God will too. You can be sure that Kristen and I will share our collective joy by posting those pictures as well. Friends who have been there, say it’s just a few quick blinks away. May we all remain fully aware in each moment that we have together, while we have it.
My friends, It’s a beautiful life. Savor it all.