Accepting Others For Who They Are, Rather Than Stumbling Over Who They're Not
This was a quote our pastor used in church yesterday. It is really resonating with me and giving me a lot to ponder.
I think this is a lost art. We no longer know how to do this in our culture. We want everyone to be who WE want them to be and when they are not, or when they are different than who we like, we completely write them off.
I find that I have done this in my own life. There are people in my life who've never accepted me for who God made me to be, and so in my hurt and desire that they love me for myself, I have stumbled over who they are not.
I need to get to the place where I can CELEBRATE them for who they are, even if they can't do the same. Or maybe when I can celebrate them, they'll find they can celebrate me, too.
I see this in our national life. We are unable, now, to accept people for thinking or being different than we are. We don't allow for people to think differently. This is not good. We must learn to see who a person is in their entirety, so that we can see areas that we can have agreement with them. Perhaps even find that we may share many things in common.
When we can do this, I think we'll find a much more peaceful nation, and even world.