WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT : By Kari Eggers
(Week of September 26-30)
Friday night our family attended a lecture at our church. There was so much great
information shared, but one phrase stuck with me more than any other. It was this ….
Jfwe get the Bible right but we get love wrong, then we’re still wrong.
This was the message Jesus brought to the religious leaders of his day over and over but
they just didn’t get it (at least not most of them). Christianity has increasingly been
getting a bad rep in our world. Mostly because so often Christians and the church speak
love but live judgment and condemnation. So the world hears the judgment and forgets
the message of love.
The same idea holds true for child care. We can get all the rules and regulations perfectly
right, but if we get loving each other, the kids, and families wrong, then it doesn’t really
mean very much.
Isn’t is so easy to jump to judgment and offense? I sure struggle with this. My thoughts
can so quickly jump to judgment on how parents should handle their children or how
teachers should handle situations. I can take offense when a parent or teacher approaches
me about the way I handled a situation. When I jump to a place of judgment or offense,
it’s so much harder to look through the lens of love, compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.
We have problems, challenges and aggravations that come against us every day. Often
times these problems require our attention. I have to make sure licensing regulations are
being met. Tanya has to require parents to pay their bills. I need to address the concerns
of parents and teachers. You need to address unacceptable behavior in children. You
need to enforce licensing regulations. You need to address concerns of parents. And the
list of demands on our day goes on and on.
We can’t ignore the demands. However, how much easier is it to meet the demands when
we are grounded in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience? How much
easier is it for others to listen to us when we come to them from a loving spirit rather
than a judgmental one? How much more are we willing to listen to someone else when
that person is being kind, compassionate and loving in their approach?
God doesn’t ask us to do this on our own. He knows this is a difficult task to get right all
the time. He sent the Holy Spirit to remind and guide us into love and he gave us each
other. We won’t get it right every time, but if love is always before us, then even when
we get it wrong we are able to help each other get it right again. I am so thankful we can
lift each other up in support rather than trying to do it on our own.
Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.