We live in a stressful world — maybe we may have draining jobs, babies waking during the night, children struggling in school, family difficulties, or filled-to-the-brim schedules. “I really need some ‘me’ time,” you think. Some self-care.
But then we read passages like this:
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“She gave me a big hug every time I saw her.”
“She always made me feel special.”
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I have always loved learning about diverse people and cultures. A favorite read at my grandma’s house was a book about houses around the world. I was beyond excited when my dad taught me to count to 10 in Spanish when I was in early grade school. I was thrilled to have opportunities in college to go on foreign mission trips and study abroad one summer. As a teacher, my absolute favorite thing was teaching my kids about U.S. history from diverse perspectives and discussing ways we can love others who are different from us today.
I make myself sound like such a virtuous diversity lover, but I recently had an encounter that made me realize I’m not nearly as loving and tolerant as I thought.
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