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When I was a little girl, one of the simple principles my mother instilled in me was to love. We were not even allowed to use the word "hate" in any form in our house. It was one of those things I appreciated about growing up in a Christian home. Sounds simple right? Well, maybe not. But it was a simple principle when I was young. Now- especially as a parent, it seems like an impossible thing to ask. However, we know that as Christians, nothing is impossible with God.
After a few recent events in our country and with school approaching, this thought came to the forefront of my mind: We will no longer be in the summer bubble with the right influences, but exposed to other parents and children at school, ball games, and other activities that resume in the fall. We will encounter people from all walks of life and beliefs in the world. So how are we to treat others who are different from us?
The answer may seem complicated, but it is simple: LOVE.
God reminds us time after time in the Bible to do just that. He says to love your enemies, love one another, and that He is love! A theme repeated like that must be pretty important. I was inspired by one of our Mother of Preschoolers themes for this year that says: Let Love Be the Loudest Voice. No matter what is going on in the world, God wants us, as Christians, to love! Love the cashier at the grocery store, love the mom who rushed out the door in mismatched shoes, love the person who took your parking spot (this is a tough one, I know), love the telemarketer who interrupts your dinner, love them all! Be love in a world full of hate. To this day, I have difficulty just typing that word (hate) because in my mind it has such an evil connotation. It is the opposite of what God is and wants us to be. I want to live in a world full of God’s love. I want my son to grow up in a world full of God’s love.
As I said before, there are so many verses to reference love in the Bible but Paul really sums it up, as he always seems to in 1 Corinthians 16:14, "Let all that YOU do be done in love." Such a short sentence and thought but it holds such power! So let us set that example for God, for ourselves, and for the next generation. Let love be loud in your voice!
Preschool Ministry Director