“Love” Passage, Back-to-School Style

I wrote this for me this morning…I needed it. Maybe you do, too. Happy Back-t0-school!

If I buy all the right white collared polo shirts from Target, khaki shorts and pants according to the school uniform policy; but do not show love to my family, I’m just another shopper.

If I slave away in the kitchen packing healthy Hello Kitty and Space Robot lunch boxes, peeling carrots, spreading peanut butter and labeling containers; but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I volunteer for the PTA back-to-school bake sale, sign up for room mother, and give all my extra school supplies to charity; but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I prepare my home with family routine posters, chore charts, and “out the door” hooks, stuffing new backpacks with shiny new folders, sight-word flash cards and pencil packs; but do not focus on love, I have missed the point.

Love STOPS packing the lunch box to hug the child. Love sets aside the organizing to share an encouraging word. Love is patient, love is kind, though tired and overwhelmed. Love doesn’t envy another’s family for having better work schedules or a full-time housekeeper. 

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but SLOWS down to connect and give thanks for their presence. Love doesn’t give only to those who say “thank you” or give something in return, but gives unconditionally. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…even the morning rush and afternoon meltdowns.

Love never fails. Backpacks will break, lunch boxes will be lost, folders will rip. But giving the gift of love will endure.


  1. Kristie says:

    That’s so sweet. I love it! I’m going to print & hang up as my reminder to SLOW down & enjoy the kids in this busy moms life! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Liza Lake says:

    Wow, that brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful and so true. Thank you for the wonderful reminder.

  3. Liza Lake says:

    I’d love to come on Friday but We have a repair man coming that morning. I look forward to making it next month.

  4. Tamara says:

    love it!

  5. Meredith says:

    I’ve printed this out and have it hanging in the kitchen. Such thoughtful, important reminders to keep in mind everyday! Thanks Lowry!