Love has no Borders!

Stephanie - Clermont, Florida
Entered on September 9, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

“Love more, judge less,” a quote I feel everyone should live by. The world today is so full of judgement. We tend to base our judgement of people on their race, belief, living conditions, and possesions. I myself am guilty, I judge and dislike many people just by what’s on the outside instead of getting to know them first. You should love everyone and everything about them. Get to know them before you make your opinion of them.

I havent always believed in loving everyone for who they are, and i still catch myself judging people, but i’m working hard on it. I know what it feels like to be judged. It hurts but what really changed my out look on life was my first mission trip over the summer to Tijuana, Mexico.

We arrived in California monday morning and caught the mexicoach to take across the border. I was a little nervous with it being my first mission trip and not knowing what to expect. There wasn’t much between the border and Tijuana. Once we pulled into the town it hit me at how real it all was. It was like I was in a whole new world! I’ve never seen an area so overwhelmed with poverty.

The people I had encountered on my trip truly touched me. They are the most kind-hearted, generious, and loving people i’ve ever met. They had nothing and yet they opened their homes and everything they had to us. Now most of the kids on our trip had been there before, but for some of us they didn’t even know who we were and they still loved us just as much. One lady even spent a whole years salary on baking a cake and making hot chocolate for all of us in thanks for all we’d done.

These people were kind and loving not only to us but also to their real neighbors. Everyone knew everyone and everyone was kind to one another, like they were all one family! They didn’t care about what each other had or didn’t have or how they dressed and looked. They have nothing but at the same time they have everything. They are so much better than us in so many ways. I went in there feeling sorry for them and came out with more respect for them than anyone. If only our society could function like them, this world would be ina better place, this i believe.