Another important lesson that we taught in this moment of accidental error with the broken bottle of nail polish is that people are always more important than things. I could care less about the loss of various things. This includes the bigger possessions such as the vehicles. Our children have had a couple of minor mishaps with vehicles, including scraping the side of the van against the garage door frame when entering the garage. Since I had done the same thing when we first moved into the house and I was getting used to driving into the garage, I could do no less than laugh off this error, and use the opportunity of their error to patiently react and show them that it is okay to make mistakes and that their spirits are more important that the material object. I would rather laughingly accept the error than to get angry and risk wounding their spirits in a way that might last much longer than it would take to fix the error and perhaps permanently damage the relationship between us.
Another important lesson that we were able to reinforce with the shattered nail polish is that we are all a team. When there is a problem, we do not abandon the child to deal with it on their own. To our credit, we all jumped right in to help without saying a word. Our actions in jumping in to help immediately showed that we were concerned about the damage to the property which we were temporarily using, wanting to respect someone else’s possessions as much as our own. But more importantly, we showed that we love the person who made the error and wanted to help bear her burdens, just as we try to bear each other’s burdens in our family every day, no matter how difficult or inconvenient. True love does not worry about the cost to self. We simply follow without hesitation in the footsteps of our Savior who loved us all above His own comfort and even above the greatest treasure He had to give, His own life. If He would lay down absolutely everything He had to give, including His own life, how could we do anything less for those around us, especially those we love in our family.
If you are already saved, having asked Jesus into your heart, I pray that you will have the power and fullness of His Spirit in loving those around you unselfishly and sacrificially. If you do not already know His Sacrificial love personally, I pray that you would set that right today, asking Him into your heart.