This letter was originally written when my oldest, now a sophomore in high school, started kindergarten. Though the letter’s focus is towards kids, there are reminders in there for all of us, regardless of our ages. If you know of a friend that needs this reminder too – please share it with them!
You are a treasured child of the King. The world is going to tell you that you are going to lose, but take heart – THEY DON’T KNOW THE RULES.
Don’t take it personally when some kid makes fun of your mismatched-on-purpose clothing choices or the stuffed animal that you brought in for show-in-tell or calls you some name that brings tears to your eyes. They only call you that to make their own selves feel better. There is something about you that threatens them. And by calling you out on your ‘lameness’ somehow makes them feel like you are back to their level.
I want you, dear child, to be sure of yourself, knowing God has created you as a unique individual, with unique qualities and tastes. The best person you can be is YOU, not an imitation of someone else.
People’s valuation of you should not matter, only God’s valuation of you should. Measure yourself by His ruler, by His Word, not by the measuring stick of your peers.
Love God, show others God’s love, despite their actions toward you. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends that you can be certain of.
There will always be someone richer, cooler, smarter than you. That’s just life. But there will also be others who are poorer, wallflowers, back of the class. That’s life, too.
But God doesn’t play favorites and you shouldn’t either.
Treat each peer as an equal, someone who is loved by Jesus, and in need of Jesus’ love.
THIS is what I want you to know before you go to school, dear child.
It would save you a world of heartache. But I know you, like me, will have to discover this for your own self. I can only hope you figure it out sooner than I did.
You are so excited to start school and I love your excitement for learning. May it continue to grow and to motivate you to learn more, not only about your world, but about others, about God, and about who you can be for Him.
I love you fiercely,
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