If you’ve ever parented a toddler, you know the drill. Your days are filled with the word “no.”
Parenting experts say toddlers are learning independence. They’re discovering their ability to separate from their parents and make their own choices. Toddlers say “no” a lot. So do their parents.
And the days end up sounding like a broken record of negativity.
Sometimes our churches are too much like a strong-willed toddler. Because far too many of us have become a broken record of negativity when it comes to special needs.
It’s time we quit saying “no” to inclusion.
Let me tell you what it’s like when a church looks at a disabled child and his family — with all their strengths and challenges — and says no.
- It is devastating and soul-shattering.
- It’s traumatic and intensely painful.
- It’s like having the faith rug pulled completely out from under you.
- It knocks you down and leaves you breathless.
It’s not an exaggeration. This is how too many families experience church.
They are told no.
And they are left shell-shocked.
Why We Must Say Yes to Inclusion
Today I’m over at Different Dream Parenting talking about why it’s imperative that we learn to say yes to inclusion. Even when it makes us uncomfortable. Even when we’re shaking in our boots. Even if we think it doesn’t matter that much.
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