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Rocket-Fuel Love for the New Year



Last night my husband and I went out to dinner when we landed in Idaho after all the organization for Christmas was nearly finished. The conversation moved to our children as we prepared for holiday time with them.

Our kids have a lot of transition right now, so we want to help in any way we can. My husband, Brooks, offered sage Biblical advice as we discussed things, and when he spoke, I knew what my New Year’s resolution would be for 2023.

Brooks said, “we need to give our children Rocket-fuel love. Love is the most significant support we can give them; it is rocket fuel for their lives.”

Love does tremendous things for our self-esteem. To be accepted and loved as we are without needing to be anything but ourselves gives us room to bloom and outgrow past mistakes. It enables us to become who we are meant to be instead of a poor imitation of what we think we “should” be.

Love is the greatest gift. It has more power than our advice, contacts, or anything else. It enables us to stop trying to prove ourselves and look inward at who we want to become instead of who others want us to be. Love enables us to soar to new heights—living the life we were meant for. 1 Corinthians says a lot about rocket-fuel love: “love never fails” (13:8), and “the greatest of these is love” (13:13). When a person is loved for who they are, they become a unique and irreplaceable personality, their very being gives them worth.

It is because God first loved us that we can love others this way. His love is the source of rocket-fuel love.

This year, like last year, I will prioritize love, especially with my children. I want them to know I love them for who they are and who they are becoming.

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