I'm sorry, Mom & Dad. I didn't really know what I was doing.
It's amazing how perspective changes when you become a parent. It also brings to mind our actions against our Heavenly Father.
If I'm pained at simply the thought of my daughter, whom I love dearly, hurting me, how much more will the actual pain be? How much more do our hurtful actions hurt God, who loves us purely?
On the flip side - my daughter regularly recognizes me and smiles when she sees me. Full face, beaming smiles that involve her eyes. Sometimes her nose crinkles. It's adorable. She can't intentionally obey me yet, but just knowing that she recognizes me is heart-warming.
How much more does it make our Father glad when we recognize him? When we know he is the one who provides for us, watches over us - and we smile at him?
How has God provided for you? Have you taken time to smile him a thank you?