A while ago We were taking the bus as a family and my 4-year-old daughter said something I found to be rather inspirational and profound. It reminded me that truly out of the mouth of babes can come some true and honest ideals and wisdom that we just don’t take the time to put into action. Let me recap the conversation it went something like this
My Daughter to 2 young women sitting across from her: “are you 2 sisters”
The girls: “no we don’t know each other”
My daughter: “but you love each other right?”
The Girls: “No we don’t know each other why would we love each other”
My daughter: “But you can still be sisters and love each other even if you don’t know each other”
From the sweet innocence of childhood comes such profound wisdom that we ought to love one another no matter what. Their is no pre-requisite to be friends, family or neighbors. We can still love each other even when we don’t know each other. This echos very much what the savior said in John chapter 13 vs 34-35
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have alove one to another.
Christ has asked us to love all no matter what. This is not an easy task by any means. There are some within my sphere that are not easy to love. The simplicity of a child’s mind can sometimes bring a light to the world that would otherwise be dark and depressing. As my daughter asked why can’t you love each other, surely you can still be brothers and sisters even if you don’t know each other.
Within the church we refer to each other as brothers and sisters. We have been commanded to love one another. I do not think it a coincidence that the term brother and sister are used within the church when referring to other members we associated with. This practice has become part of our culture with the church. When we can stop to consider and think of each other as brothers and sisters I believe it can change our perspective on how we view others. We can see them in the light of our eternal family. They are no longer someone with no relation but rather a member of your family. As a member of your family you want to care for them and love them as if they were your literal brother or sister. This is the idea at least and I would hope that it would work the way it was meant to. Overall I believe as a church we have done very well in caring for our brothers and sisters, not just within the church but within the world as a whole.
Why is it then that it is easier to donate and volunteer with a charity to help someone you have never met in a country you have never been to than it is to help someone you know and personal associate with. That seems to be how it works these days. Charities around the world are swimming in cash while our neighbors are in need and we often don’t stop to think what can we do for those around us locally. Charity and love seems easier when we don’t have to face the one we are helping. They just become some obscure thing in the back of our minds.
How often do we pass by and fail to notice the need that is right in front of us. Do we love our neighbors even though they are strangers. Can we reach out to those in need without thought for reward or recognition. Have you ever been in receipt of such kindness yourself and have we made an effort to pay it forward?
We are all children of God and thus we are all Brothers and Sisters in the Lord. My daughter was smart enough to recognize this and speaks a truth that to often we fail to recognized. Do we recognized the truth of her words?
“But you can still be brothers/sisters and love each other even if you don’t know each other”.
God bless her and God bless us. Just imagine how much better the world would be if we could just put aside our differences and love each other as God intended. As brothers and sisters in the Lord. Replace all hatred, and fear with Love and peace.