Monday, April 27, 2009

WE'D DO ANYTHING FOR OUR CHILDREN

We'd do anything for our children, go to any lengths to help. I'm thinking that if we knew other people as well as we know our children then we would go to any lengths to help them too.

I know a mother whose son is a registered pedophile. Does she hate him? No, she loves him and wants to help him in any way. I know another woman whose son is an alcoholic. He drove onto the exit ramp of the freeway and hit another car, head on, killing the driver. Does his mother hate him? No, she loves him. She grieves over him, she worries and wishes she could make him better. She grieves over the person who was killed too. Her life and the lives of others were forever altered by the behavior of her son and yet...she loves him.

In our Visiting Teaching message this month one sentence stood out for me. It said, “As you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself."

I think, since this is the second commandment, I should work at it a little harder. I am going to try and see others as Christ sees them.

Years ago I read a story of a school teacher who went into a tough school to teach--one where violence was a common occurrence. The first day, in each of her classes, she did not speak until she had looked in the face of each student. When she could see the face of Christ in them she would go on to the next student. She said she had NO trouble with any of her students that year. I think it is because they knew she loved them.

I want to be a person like that.

9 comments:

hillary said...

Uh. You ARE a person like that.

That'llbeall-loveyougbye

zelzee said...

Beautiful story.
I strive every day to be a person like that.......

Shan said...

I want to be like you when I grow up. How come Hillyerie got you as a mom, and I ...how do I put this nicely?...didn't? Probably because she is wonderful too and deserves you.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful post, Lynne.

Shawn said...

What a great post---thanks for that.

I know that one time when I was in YW, I got the highest compliment from one of the Moms. She said to me---that the greatest thing that I was doing for the YW was loving them. Because I did, no matter what they were like----I DID love each and every one of them----and they could tell...

Annette said...

Beautiful thoughts, Lynn. And, I would say you are a person like that already. Thank you for that.

Bonnie said...

Hillary already said what i was going to say. You are a wonderful person, Lynne. That's why we all love you and read your blog.

Michael Rawluk said...

As Mahatma Gandhi said, "Hate the sin, love the sinner."

Karen said...

If everyone could be more like that, imagine how great the world would be.

I try, but sometimes it is SO hard to look outside of ourselves!