My daughter was working on a project for the anti-defamation league for school. She had to create a work of art that for her represented a world without hate.
She wanted to start with something we say often, “the most important thing is that we love each other.” We talked about what that looks like. She talked about treating people the right way. She talked about being kind to one another. We gave her free range to create a representation of what a world full of love would look like to her.
She created this:
The pink one: Shane and I on the beach.
The red one: was jus a picture of Shane and I.
The silver one: was Shane and I in the desert.
The blue one: was Shane and I having a dinner date.
My husband looked and me with a smile on his gorgeous face and said, “I love that her interpretation of what it looks like to love one another is us.”
I agreed and to be honest I love that too. I love it for several reasons. A few of those reasons being:
It tells me that we are doing a good job of loving one another well.
We are setting an example of what it looks like to love well and our kids will follow that lead.
Our children will have a healthy view of love and marriage.
Our children feel safe and loved because of the way we love not only each other but them.
Anyone who knows mine and Shane’s story knows it is one of grace, redemption, forgiveness, hope and love. We had all odds against us in the beginning but we fought hard to get to wher we are today and to know our hard work is evident speaks volumes.
Her assignment was to imagine a world without hate and create something to represent that.
I am not an artist in the sense that I don’t draw so I won’t create a picture but I will use my words to share what I imagine a world without hate to look like.
I imagaine a world where the most important thing is that we love one another.
I imagine a world where we learn to put the needs of others before our own needs.
I imagine a world where we speak truth in love.
I imagine a world where we can disagree with one another and still remain kind.
I imagine a world where we learn to value life over death.
I imagine a world where we show and do the work.
I imagine a world where we truly see one another and we can all take of the masks and be vulnerable.
I imagine a world where we value humans rather than devaluing them for our own desires.
I imagine a world where we are free from slavery.
I imagaine a world where we are free from racism.
I imagine a world where we are free from hate and full of love.
We may never see this kind of world this side of Heaven a we live in a fallen and broken world. I cannot change or control people or this world, but I can control the way I love and I can continue to demonstrate that kind of love and live out my life without hate.
What to you envision a world without hate to look like? How do you demonstrate love in a world full of hate? Join in and share what your world without hate looks like. I’d love to see pictures, videos, written words etc from you.