THE SERVANT AND THE CHILD
Think about the differences between a servant and a child:
The servant is accepted and appreciated on the basis of what he does, the child on the basis of who he is.
The servant starts the day anxious and worried, wondering if his work will really please his master. The child rests in the secure love of his family.
The servant is accepted because of his workmanship, the son or daughter because of a relationship.
The servant is accepted because of his productivity and performance. The child belongs because of his position as a person.
At the end of the day, the servant has peace of mind only if he is sure he has proven his worth by his work. The next morning his anxiety begins anew. The child can be secure all day, and know that tomorrow won’t change his status.
When a servant fails, his whole position is at stake; he might lose his job. When a child fails, he will be grieved because he has hurt his parents, and he will be corrected and disciplined. But he is not afraid of being thrown out. His basic confidence is in belonging and being loved, and his performance does not change the stability of his position.
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