What a night! If you’re like me, your Facebook feed was filled with so many opposing posts last night. Who am I kidding, the entire last year has been like that! This morning I woke to find that many of my friends are now afraid of what the future holds and are disappointed, while others are jubilant and hopeful. What does this say? It says, “We are human. We all have a different viewpoint from which we see the world.” So what do we do now?

I am an optimist. I like to see the good in people. I like to think that when each of us went out to vote, we voted for the person who we thought would have our best interest at heart and who would help make the world a better place. Regardless of which side you’re on, I trust that we all had that as our focus. I know for me, I make lots of mistakes. But at the heart of all those mistakes, I’m earnestly trying to do life right. Am I perfect?  I’m far from it. But I do believe that at the end of the day, that’s what we are all hoping for, to be guilty of at least trying to get it right.

So with all the tension in our country, how do we navigate life again? How do we live life now that our candidate won or lost? And what do we tell our children?  Here’s what I do. I tell my children that THEY have the power to change the world. They can’t change how OTHER people act, but they can control what THEY THEMSELVES say and do. Romans 12:18 says “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” With 5 kids in our home, it’s guaranteed that there will be occasional conflicts. But I honestly believe that if each of us are being considerate of others, those conflicts can be resolved much easier. If each of us considers how our actions affect others, those conflicts will become more minimal. This plays out daily from reminding my 4 year old that he can’t go take things out of his big sisters room, to reminding my almost 12 year old that even though she is bigger and stronger, she can’t just push her way through to get the best seat in the tv room. It’s really simple. JUST BE KIND. 

There are people hurting around you today. You have no idea what they had to deal with at home this morning. JUST BE KIND. They may have lost a family member, have a sick child at home, be facing divorce, the hurts and difficulties are endless. If I can do my best to live at peace with everyone no matter how they treat me, eventually the good wins out. So I pray for my friends who are afraid and hurting today. Those who are uncertain about what the future holds. Keep doing your part to be kind. Keep loving on your kids and teaching them that each of us matters. When we all do our part to be kind and considerate of others, we change the world around us. It’s not all that profound and it’s not always an easy task. But let’s at least be guilty of trying to get it right.