Saturday, May 31, 2014

DAY 1009.... Unconditional Love, True or False

I remember sitting in a college class when my professor so boldly declared that there was no such thing as unconditional love. This was a religion class and a student had asked about God's unconditional love for his children. After this declaration, the class instantly became silent. What this man was saying was against everything we thought we knew! I mean growing up we had been taught that we could always turn to our Heavenly Father and that he would forgive us and love us no matter what! My professor went on to explain that there was a condition for God's love and that was that we were his children. For example, parents love their children because those are their kids. If they weren't their kids they wouldn't love them like they do. Does that make sense? It made sense to me but I still called BS. I wasn't even a parent at the time, but since becoming a parent I have learned and do believe in unconditional love.

I recently ran across this video online and I found it very interesting and moving and a perfect show of unconditional love.

Watching this as a parent I definitely put myself into the shoes of these parents, and what a trial! But tell me that these parents are not demonstrating crazy amounts of unconditional love. If they just loved their child I think that they would have not changed anything and continued living life as they thought easiest for them. But these parents are a perfect example of demonstrating unconditional love and a complete lack of selfishness. This will continue to be an trial for this family for probably their entire lives. I am thankful for their example to me as a parent and for their bravery in sharing their trial when I'm sure they are going to receive a lot of opposition in this matter.

 As a parent, there is absolutely nothing that I wouldn't do for Aniston. Sometimes she makes me so mad, and sometimes I just need a break from her for 5 minutes, but that doesn't mean I don't love her because when it comes down to it I would be there for her no matter what! Of course I am still young in parenthood and haven't had to face a lot of challenges with her. Her ability to make life changing decisions is still pretty low. But there are many choices in life that she could come across and she could choose what I would deem the wrong choice. As  a parent I have to decide how I am going to react. After watching this video and feeling inspired and having the desire to be the best parent that I can possibly be, I want to unconditionally support her in her decisions. I know that at times this may be the most difficult thing I have ever done, but I never want Aniston to feel as though I do not love her.

The way I look at it, I made A LOT of questionable decisions in my life as a teenager/young adult. Oh mercy! Just thinking of the decisions I made make my cringe! But it makes me thankful for parents who unconditionally love me. I know for a fact they didn't agree with my choices all the time, trust me my Dad made that very obvious, but they always told me and let me know how much they loved me. Sometimes I was scared of them, but I was always able to tell them the truth without worrying about whether or not they would love me, just whether or not they would be upset was the real question.

I think that unconditional love is a blessing that accompanies becoming a parent. The love you feel for your child is overwhelming and amazing. I believe that love is called unconditional love. I truly believe that my professor from college had a few loose screws and was incorrect in his assumptions regarding unconditional love. Unconditional love is rare and definitely doesn't apply to everyone who you love, but there is a such thing as unconditional love, no doubt in my mind! What do you think?

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