“Whatever happens today, tomorrow, this week, next week, or twenty years from now,” I said, “remember that you are loved.”
I stood in front of 70 students and 20 staff members trying to facilitate the beginning-of-the-year school rules exercise. The room felt snug and a bit muggy. Ripe little bodies wiggled and released their scents on the faint breeze from an open window.
Returning students nodded slightly at my words. New students looked a bit stunned.
“I love you.” I searched around the room to catch a few eyes before continuing. “Each staff member loves you. Most of all, God loves you.” I hope my words had meaning for them.
More kids nodded. The stunned eyes turned questioning. I wondered which newcomers knew about Jesus.
I tried speaking again, but struggled to get words past the rock in my throat. I don’t usually bust out in ‘I love yous’ to strangers on the first day I meet them. I know I don’t say the words enough to the people closest to me.
“You might annoy us at times, and we may get angry with you for a time, but above all, know that you are loved.”
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Even if we don’t feel particular love for someone, we can know with certainty that God loves them. Our emotions will catch up to our calling. If the person in question acts like a stinker, it might take lots of prayer. But because God has infinite grace for us in our stinkerhood, we can love other little stinkers.
We can believe in them because God believes in them. Sometimes, we need to just put our own feelings aside and grab ahold of some heavenly confidence.
I have no idea if my words will make a difference, but I know that love is on the table. My actions might hide it at times. If they do, I hope a student points it out to me. Above all, I want to wear love like a comfy pair of jeans and share it like a plate of hot chocolate chip cookies.I want to wear love like a comfy pair of jeans and share it like a plate of hot chocolate chip cookies. #backtoschool #love Click To Tweet
It seems like a good way to start a school year.