I've been talking to my oldest daughter about what would happen if people were kind and included everyone.
Can you imagine?
I'm starting to realize that everything from our shoes to our titles works to divide us and put us into certain groups. We're taught to exclude others in order to form an identity for ourselves. We begin to know ourselves by who we push out of our groups.
But. . . what if? What if we didn't do this?
I'm praying for it. I'm praying that we're the kind of people who demonstrate kindness and simply include people. "Go find the little girl that nobody is playing with, and invite her into your group! Who cares what she's wearing, who her parents are, or whether or not she picks her nose!"
But this doesn't happen all the time. We're driven by competition and deep insecurity most of the day. Oh, if only we were secure enough in God's love to be kind and inclusive at all times! If only we were secure enough to build radical communities where every one contributed and felt valuable and loved! If only we were strong enough not to gossip, insult, or reject!
I'm praying for it.
Raising daughters is hard.