“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
When a child climbs on Santa’s lap in a crowded mall, the first thing Santa asks is, “What’s your name, child?” Do they know God already knows their name? Children sing Santa’s words by heart, “You better not cry..” Do they know Jesus promises to wipe away their tears?
We cannot realistically expect our little ones to truly seek God’s presence over Santa’s presents at such a young age. But what we can do is teach them God always loves them, whether they are naughty or nice! And being “good” is a natural reflection of truly loving and wanting to please God, our Heavenly Father!