If I plan the best booklist and curriculum but have not love, I am a loud and noisy teacher.
And if I have all the smarts in the world and have the smartest kids in the world, but have not love I am nothing.
If I am able to know how to guide my kids to the best test scores, highest social skills, memory master every cycle, and even make every single community day (without forgetting the tin whistle or lunch!) but have not love - I gain nothing.
Mommas, let us remember to schedule in enough margin in your day so you can love those kiddos well. Praise God for new mercies every day. This is the number one area I struggle with.
Remember and read with new eyes what scripture says about love:
1 Cor 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We are in this together.