One of the greatest gifts we’ve been given as Americans is freedom. Freedom to have our own thoughts. Freedom to have our own opinions. Freedom to have our own beliefs.
The division and divisiveness in our country today has me asking the question: How will this time in our history impact my kids and their future?
They are experiencing things I cannot imagine seeing or walking through at their age.
But when I take a moment to pause and reflect on my 41 years of life, I am reminded that we live in a fallen world.
I have had my own experiences . . . good, bad, challenging or somewhere in-between . . . that have impacted who I am today. We all have.
So, while I am saddened by recent events, I have so much hope for how these moments in time will be used to further grow my children into the strong, compassionate and grace-filled men and women God has created them to be.
And although it breaks my heart to observe the massive unleashing of judgmental actions and attitudes into our culture, I pray my kids see, through my imperfections, how to love people who think differently than they do.
Mother Theresa said it so beautifully, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Our world is filled with exquisite, diverse and unique life. People, who at their core, are all desiring the same thing: To be loved. When we find ourselves being pulled into an argument.
When we feel our defenses rising. Let us pause and take a deep breath. Let us open our eyes and look past what we see on the surface.
It is there where we will find the heart of the other and where we can offer what we were created for.