The more we learn about our Teen Treasure’s neurological disorder, the clearer we see God’s purpose in placing him in our family has more to do with changing us than him!
It’s one thing to say, “But love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” (Luke 6:27)
It is another thing to live it out. After all, it’s human nature to avoid those who ‘hate’ us, right? But what if we live with them? I don’t mean to say that our Treasure intentionally hates us, but his attitude toward family is not one of love, for certain. He has been in survival mode for so long that love is foreign to him.
So where does that leave us? Learning how to live out God’s Word by loving someone who cannot love in return. I wish I could say it’s easy to do, but there is a constant battle within me, as my sin nature says, “This is not what I signed up for.” For my child to reject my nurture goes against everything in my mama’s heart.
We hope and pray that with the help of counselors and our example that someday our son will learn to give and receive love. And even if he does not, God is refining us day by day.