Good kids. Good families. And yet, hurtful words and actions still happen.
And I wonder, why is it that people do things that intentionally or predictably hurt others?
Why are kids willing to look at a peer and exclude him or her from a seat at lunch or a spot in a recess game?
Why do students, at times, make a conscious choice to make teaching and learning harder for everyone around them?
Why do words of criticism, or anger, or disrespect so easily flow from the mouths of some?
Why do taunting nicknames or slurs get repeated even after the damage they do is obvious?
Biblically, we are fallen people. But many of these kids have faith in Jesus and recognize their sinful nature, the need for repentance, for receiving grace, and God’s call to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
How often to do you verbalize to your child that they can have a fresh start?
A core message of our faith is the truth that God’s grace gives us a fresh start. We are made clean. God separates our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. We confess this truth. But do we allow our children to experience it in real time?
Our student praise band played this song in chapel Wednesday. And even though I have heard it on the radio many times, the clarity of the message in the lyrics struck me as I sang along with the kids.
“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me”
God has known each child from before they were born and even conceived. Every child, every person, is of great value to God.