I love preschoolers and toddlers. I wouldn’t have taught preschool for almost 20 years if I didn’t.
One of my favorite things about that age group is that they know nothing of hatred.
They have likes and dislikes. They believe that the world should revolve around them. They are affectionate and charming when they want to be, or they can act like they are possessed.
But they know nothing of hatred.
They don’t know what it means to hate someone because they look different or because they act different.
They are just beginning to learn about the world outside their families, and it is new and exciting.
I knew a father once who admitted that he was racist. He admitted that he was wrong to be that way, but he didn’t know how to change it inside of himself. He also knew that he didn’t want his son to grow up that way so he encouraged his son to make friends with other people no matter what the color of their skin. He recognized that hatred is something that has to be taught.
Hatred is something that is taught, and it is something that is running rampant in our world today. From race to religion, it seems that people are looking for reasons to hate one another.
People hate themselves for the way they look or the way they act.
People hate other people because they don’t agree with everything they say.
There are so-called churches that are preaching hatred.
There are schools that are teaching hatred.
There are organizations that spew hatred.
There are religions that are teaching that if you don’t agree with them then you must be killed.
This world is full of hatred.
The thing is…all of this hatred is getting us nowhere.
The country that I live in is divided more and more every day.
The nations are dividing for war.
Hatred causes divisions.
Love builds bridges.
We need to let go of the hatred. We have to learn to agree to disagree and then put aside those differences if we want to pull together.
We have to learn to love.
We have to let the Lord teach us to love.
Have you ever thought of how deeply that the Lord loves us?
He created us. He gave us free will so that we could make choices. When we make the wrong choices, He makes a way to redeem us and not only to redeem us but to use those choices for our good and the good of others. There is nothing that we can do to earn His love because He has given it to us freely.
His love is more than unconditional. It is unfailing and that means that we can’t lose it. It is always there to teach us, to guide us, to accept us, and to transform us.
He loves us so deeply that He wants us with Him for eternity. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross for us.
And in return for this undeserved and unfailing love all that He asks is that we love Him and we love people.
We are not capable of loving the way He loves on our own. The only way that we can learn to love that way is to let Him teach us.
And the first step is letting go of the hatred that the world teaches us. When we are ready to let go of hatred, then we can let God teach us to love.