As many head back to school, they are thinking about relationships. There is the relationship with the teacher. How much homework? Will I like my teacher? Will my teacher like me? What does he or she expect? There are also peer relationships that many are considering. Who will I sit beside at lunch? Do we have assigned seats in home room? Who will I play with? Will I have friends? Will I be lonely? Will they like me? In the midst of all of the learning that happens in school, relationships are often a key part of our school experience. We want good relationships. We want others to like us, to care about us, and to respect us.
This human desire for good relationships does not change as we get older. We may couch our wants and needs in different ways, but we are all still yearning for relationships in which we are accepted. We want others to care about us. We want to be loved. We want good relationships even if we do not know how to express our feelings. Remember that the boy who is teasing the girl probably likes her, but he doesn’t know how to deal with the fact that he likes her.
Instead of teasing and pulling pigtails, let’s find a way to share our feelings with those around us. Let us build up others by building relationships. Let us find a way to show that others are accepted and loved. Let us look the stranger in the eye. Let us smile at others we pass in the grocery store. Let us remember the insecurity we all felt at the beginning of the school year. Let us love others as Christ has loved us.