(Okay, maybe this title is a little bit of an exaggeration, but at least I didn't call it -- as I was tempted to -- "All the Secrets of the Universe and of the Bible.")
Tito, I love you, that is why:
... Sometimes I let you play games on my phone, and sometimes I make you turn it off.Sometimes your life is fun and easy and sometimes it is feels hard and burdensome and sometimes you like me a lot and sometimes you wonder if I love you. But the truth is, I always love you, and I do what I do (in my finite capacity) all out of love for you.
... Sometimes I let you enjoy sweet treats, and sometimes I ask you to enjoy eating your vegetables.
... Sometimes I let you have a special treat by staying up late, and sometimes I put you to bed early.
... We enjoy bath time together, but part of bath time is washing your hair.
... Sometimes I send you to your room (or more) for disobeying, and sometimes I just hold you close and give you a hug.
... Sometimes I carefully explain things to you, and sometimes I just ask you to trust me and to obey even when you don't understand.
I keep thinking of addenda, all of which have variations on the same basic spiritual analogy:
- Sometimes I rush to you when you fall, and sometimes I let you figure out how to comfort yourself.
- Sometimes I intervene in an argument with your sister or a friend, and sometimes I let you try to work it out.
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