Do you remember the childhood Sunday School song, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world ..."?
I loved that song. It was one of my favorites, but sometimes I forgot that "all the children" really mean "all." And that if Jesus loved everyone, I should too.
In elementary school I was very much an ugly duckling. Lucky for me by the time I got to high school I transformed into a swan. I grew taller, slimmed out, and got contacts. But it wasn't so lucky for my friends. I used to hang out with the "unpopular" kids, and then seemingly overnight my social status changed. Looking back, I can't put my finger on the moment when I stopped hanging out with my old friends. In fact, I can hardly remember some of them being at the same high school. How sad is that!
A movie I watched recently reminded me of my "transformation." It's called To Save A Life and it's WORTH WATCHING. It's about a teen who forgot who his best friend used to be ... until he lost him.
I don't mean for this post to be depressing, but I do hope it'll make you think. God loves "all" the little children and "all" the teens too. Is there someone in your life that you've turned your back on?
Ask God about this. Ask him to show you who to open your life and your heart to. You may be surprised. Then again ... you might not be. You may have a feeling deep down that's been telling you exactly who you need to reach out to.
~~~About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. www.triciagoyer.com