I’ve been having a hard time finding the words to adequately describe my feelings on recent events (If you aren’t up to date you can read it here). I just can’t. Nothing seems to be able to convey my sadness and anger. My fear and disappointment.
I honestly can’t figure out how we got here, to this place. A world full of hate and racism. A world where, no matter what you say, it’s not good enough. You speak out, against the hate and racism…speak out against what our world has become and you will get slammed for it. But, you say nothing and you still get slammed. Our world has become a place where a vast majority believe their opinion is the right way. And anyone who believes otherwise is wrong.
And maybe that’s how we got here. Gone are the days we listen to each other and work together to figure out how to be better, how to make things better.
Yet, here I am, trying. Trying to understand, trying to figure out how to make things better. How to make the world a better place…not for me. For my kids.
And as I write, I’m being pulled in a million different directions. One child needing help finding a beloved toy, while the other two fight incessantly. And finally pulling them apart so they can talk it out, work through it together.
It is in that moment…pulling my fighting kids off one another…that I realize how scary this world must be to them. I mean, this world terrifies me to my core. And if it is that scary to me…what about them? Because all they see on a daily basis is fighting. War, hate, racism, crime. It’s hard enough to look past all the bad to see the good as an adult. How are kids supposed to separate it all?
If we are going to have a chance at making this world a better place, it is through our kids. Kids aren’t born with hate in their hearts. They aren’t born with anger towards those who are different. These are things that we, as parents, teach them. Through our words and our actions, we teach them. They watch us, look to us for guidance and if they see hate, they will learn hate. If we teach love, they will learn love.
So let’s teach them. Teach them to love and that love is greater than hate. Teach them compassion and the value of helping others. Teach them to embrace people for their differences and that love is love. And teach them kindness. To be kind to everyone they meet because we will never know what battle they may be fighting.
Teach them love. Love…love….love…Because at the end of it all..
Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.
-1 Corinthians 13:13