Difference is Beautiful
Have you noticed lately how the world seems to be becoming less compassionate and accepting? Where we once taught our kids about kindness and compassion, the growing emphasis is instead on accomplishment and taking care of #1. Oh yes, there are indeed glimmers of tender-kindness where – Difference is Beautiful – and those glimmers are magnificent. However, when I turn the news on these days I am disheartened when I see clips like Donald Trump, openly mocking a man with disability while thousands sit back and laugh. I’m disheartened that YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are filled with rants about how people are using and abusing the system and vulgar sexual acts that demean woman. I’m heart-broken that people are fighting, screaming and threatening to riot if they don’t get their way.
Friends, what are we thinking?
I’m not writing this to tell you who to vote for. I’m writing instead to shine a light on the direction we are heading as a nation. We’ve got to get this. People matter. All. People. Matter. Tall, short, skinny, overweight, black, white, brown, brilliant, intellectually challenged, wheelchair bound, independent, dependent, sighted, blind, Christian, atheist, all religions…the list goes on and on.
We’ve got to get off this crazy instant gratification “me focused” train and instead focus once again outwardly instead of inwardly. We must live lives of service, compassion and in the best interest of others. We need to drop the fear mongering and remember that it is our differences that make America as lovely and beautiful as the rainbow. Friends, when we water down our differences, I believe, we lose God-given vibrancy and joy.
But Nancy, how can you say this? You’re a Christian. How can you say people of different religions matter? But Nancy, you’re an American, how can you say Muslims matter?
A Life Changing Example
The answers for me, are simple. When I look at Jesus’ example, I see how he went to those who society rejected, hated and mocked. I see how he loved those who were different; those who were sick, disabled and shunned. I see how his message reached far beyond social stigmas and how his love rescued those who were tossed away like garbage. I see how he tore down walls, opened doors and embraced the lost, hurting and rejected. I read story after story where he saw the people and had compassion on them. Because I see his example, and because I believe his love is transformative, I choose to follow it. I choose to embrace those different from me. I choose to love those who society says I should reject. I choose love over hate and the beauty of difference over the bland, colorless, barren landscape of sameness.
There are lots of movements that people in America are inspired by right now. I however choose instead to be inspired by what Jesus calls me to,
…And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-30
We can change this world one person at a time if we simply lead with His love.
I’m in, how about you?