Mariano Galvez University sent 33 psychology students to host activities for all age groups today as well as food. We get social worker and psychology interns from them. We also get dental interns so we want to keep the relationship strong. For 15 years we have had our college students attending Mariano.
Yesterday I made the statement that when God called me to Guatemala He told me He wanted me to love the children. Further I said that I know that God wants our staff and visitors to love the children and to love one another.
As I lay in bed last night I was thinking of what I had said and I asked myself the question, “Do I like everyone?” and my answer was “No”. If someone tells me that they (after salvation) have liked or enjoyed being with EVERY person whom they have known I would say they were living in LaLa Land. I do not like every person. In fact there are children who have come to Casa and even lived here for many years that I did not like.
I have tried to exercise mercy to children who lied to me(which I hate), sexually were immoral(which I hate) and children who have lied in court or to their sponsors(which I hate). I could list many other reasons for which I do not LIKE a child. I could make a list of adults who have damaged Casa with lies, interference, etc. All of you have your own lists in your life. I am on a number of lists of people all over the states and Guatemala.
But I can honestly say that I loved them. Those children who are here currently are not all angels. They fit into categories that make me not like them. But God never said we were to like one another. We are to love one another. What in the world is the difference?
LOVING SOMEONE MEANS THAT YOU DO LOVING THINGS FOR THEM, TO THEM AND ACCEPT THEM AS CO-EQUAL WITH YOU AS A CHILD OF GOD SAVED BY HIS MERCY.
Can you do loving things for those you do not like? THAT IS LOVING!!