I have heard over and over from my wise old dad (oh, he’ll love that I called him “old”), “Don’t believe ’em. NOTHING in life is ever free!” As a teenager, I would roll my eyes, insisting in my thoughts that surely there could be something free without strings attached. That free oil change… Not really free when you consider that they always try to dupe you into buying new windshield wipers. The free gas points… Definitely not free when you consider the amount of money you spend at the grocery store to rack up the points. My favorite “free” things usually come with some sort of condition-buy this and get that free, free items if you spend a certain amount of money, etc. Even the famed freecycle.org site (from which I have actually picked up some pretty cool things) you have to have a computer and an internet connection as well as a gassed up vehicle to get where you need to be to pick up the free items.
However, one thing I have found to be free (at least to me) is the love I have for my girls. Maybe it wasn’t free for me when I think about the extra worrying, thinking, and praying I do about and for them. On the other hand, the pain of childbirth and pregnancy was quickly erased from my memory when I laid eyes on both of my precious gifts. But, like I wrote earlier, maybe the love I have for my girls isn’t free for me, but it certainly is for them. It’s an unconditional (at least in my delicate understanding), unwavering love that is not just something I “feel,” it’s what I am in being their mommy. Before having these two ladies, I couldn’t imagine such a pure, deep, and vivid love for anyone, and it’s then again, I realized the depth of my Heavenly Father’s love for me. It’s because of His example of love-no strings attached-that I can fully and freely love my family!
Matthew 10:8b, “Freely you have received, freely give.”