Parenting matters in so many different ways. We teach
and model values, character, and how to truly love one another.
At their core, each of my children is a unique soul. If their
deepest, truest selves include a characteristic or belief that
makes me uncomfortable or goes against a conviction that I
hold dear, I am then faced with a critical choice. I can expend
energy trying to suppress or deny the reality within one that I
love, or I can walk alongside and do my best to have empathy
and compassion and make peace within and without. I, as a
mom, possess a great deal of power to either add or subtract
pain and suffering to the journeys of my children. If I choose
to “otherize” my own child, I have then decided to cause them
pain and suffering. I choose a different path. I commit to
loving each of my children well, no matter what comes.
I was playing cards with one of my sons and shared my
story of the store clerk encounter. His response was, “Mothers
should rule the world.” In many ways, we do. If we wear
garments of grace, then a compassionate and kind kingdom
will come.
So if there is a people group that makes me squirm or
I just don’t understand, the challenge is to live a life that will
cross paths with such individuals. Sometimes they show up in
random daily interactions. Other times they move in next door
or are present in my own family. If I open my ears and heart
to form relationship, there is always much to learn. It truly is
so very often who I know.
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