A Lesson Learned: "I love you…snotty nose and all"

Little Brother is getting another tooth, which means his nose is a faucet and he has a permanent crustiness just below his nostrils. Yuck.

But when I look at his face, I don’t notice the gross crustiness that I can’t seem to get off (probably because he screams everytime I try). I notice how beautiful he is…his sparkling blue eyes, super-soft brown hair, perfectly rounded nose, and adorable smile. He’s the cutest and most precious baby in my eyes.

Now, prior to having children, I probably would have looked upon a child with a snotty, crusty nose and thought to myself, “that’s disgusting…somebody needs to wipe that kid’s nose” and failed to see the beauty behind the snot. There’s something about it being your own child…

This really reminded me about how God must feel about us. He is able to see the beauty behind our snot. He loves us irregardless. We all do things that are utterly disgusting. It is human nature to sin. Even when we are trying our hardest…we still sin. Does that change God’s feelings towards us? No. He looks upon us as His most beautiful children and knows the beauty behind our snot.

He remembers what we looked like before the snot. He knows our potential. He believes in us. He is our biggest chearleader.

And He loves us…with our snotty noses and all.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” -1 John 3:1


  1. I've been thinking the same thing about my sweet boy who is battling the world's longest cold right now. I have new affection behind the terms "snot-rag" aka his best blankie, and "snotty-nosed kid." Yes, it really makes a difference when it is YOUR precious little one. Thanks for the spiritual parallel!

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