There was a news story recently of a young girl with a disability who invited her classmates to her upcoming birthday, and was rejected by every single one. Can you imagine her heartbreak and that of her loving parents? It’s hard to realize we have sunk so low as a society, that we look down on someone who is slightly different than we are. The story ended beautifully however, when it was posted on social media by the girl’s mom and a group of caring people planned a party for the girl and 300 guests showed up to wish her Happy Birthday.
Even though the story ended well, it makes me wonder how many other children are being snubbed by their peers because of a handicap or simply because they don’t fit the mold.
Jesus tells us to love one another. He doesn’t say love the ones we want to love.
We’re expected to love the unlovable, the weak, the drug addict, the alcoholic, the child molester, those of a different nationality and religion – in other words, we are to love everyone as He first loved us.
We’re all guilty of prioritizing people. We may not say so with our words, but our actions speak volumes to those we set apart. If we consider how we’d feel if we were in their shoes, maybe we wouldn’t be so quick to judge or classify.
All people matter to Jesus. He came to save everyone – even those who spat on Him and nailed Him to the cross – even those who continue to doubt His Godhead – even those who kill His followers. We’re all pieces of this great puzzle called life. We’re all important to the Creator of the Universe.
It’s a sad state of affairs when we must teach our children to love one another, but the way they learn is by our example.