As I sit here, torn apart once again by the gut wrenching reality that we live in a world filled with broken people of all kinds, my heart aches for my little girls.
I think of the world they are growing up in, of the things they are seeing and of how things might look for them in years to come. It’s enough to make any mama’s heart quake.
Darkness has shaken our country once again. Evil traipsed through the night stealing away so much from so many. The darkness took lives, changed lives and severed people’s last threads of hope in goodness.
My little girls are so small. We don’t watch the news in our home, to shield their tender, innocent hearts from gravities they don’t yet need weighing on them.
But I know and see, so poignantly, so clearly how tremendously important my job is as I raise them to be the kind of change I desperately hope to see in this world.It's up to us to teach our kids to be the change. Click To Tweet
They may not know it yet, but those little girls are the future. Our ability to effect change through love and compassion and grace begins with us and continues through them.
And that is what this madness is all about. So many broken people are filled with anger and hate and bitterness. So many people bear the scars of stories not meant for them and are consumed by the darkness that has fought to ensnare them.
There is no love where there is darkness. There is no compassion where there is hate. There is no grace where there is bitterness. There is only destruction and despair, which infects and spreads like rampant wildfire.
I could continue through life shielding my babies from the despicable realities of the world they live in, locking them away in a golden tower of blissful ignorance. It would be easier on this mama’s heart.
But every day that passes without lighting the flames of goodness in our future generations is another day closer to humanity becoming engulfed and destroyed by the flames of darkness.
And so, I will talk to the tenderhearted little girls I’ve been entrusted with…..show them a better way and guide them down a better path.
I will teach them to love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I will teach them compassion.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31
I will teach them to be courageous.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18
I will teach them to hope.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
I will teach them to see the good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28