Tonight, I challenged the Jr. High kids. I also challenged my daughters. The challenge to my girls was a more difficult challenge then to the Jr. High kids at AWANA.
For the TREK (Jr. High) kids, I challenged them over the next two weeks to take one person that they don’t get along with, dislike, etc., to smile and say hello to them. They don’t have to engage in a conversation, just say hello with a smile. And yes, they were to mean it.
For my girls? When someone is mean to them, to say thank you and walk away. If it is their sister that is getting to them, say thank you and give them a huge hug saying that they loved the person.
Why did I offer up this challenge? Because the Bible tells us to love all. We are to have brotherly love for all, no matter what our differences. This is not an easy task. Specially when you feel that you’ve been wronged. It is difficult when another person has done wrong and it impacts you. It is even more difficult when that person doesn’t realize they have done wrong. So, what do you do? How could I possibly propose that you ‘love’ that person that was so horrible to you? Because that is what Jesus instructed us to do. To paraphrase, Jesus stated that if you hate a person, you have already committed murder in your heart. So, we need to get past that hatred and love. This is not an easy task. I know first hand. I went for years hating a particular person for what they did to me. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that I was wasting my energy and putting myself in a bad position with that hate. It was so much easier to be complacent about the situation. I no longer hate the person. I also don’t have a need to shower this person with love. And honestly, should I come across this person, I would fear my safety. But I would do my best to be civil with this person. So, yes, I know it’s a difficult thing, and one that I struggle with as well. But I will continue to do my best.