Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3
Happy Monday! It is still very cold and we are expecting sleet and/or snow tomorrow night in Florida, but it’s a glorious day! Cuddling, playing games and reading are great things to do on days like this, and that is how Landon and I started our morning. The remainder of the day I plan to spend studying and catching up on some of your posts.
Today would have been my maternal grandmother’s birthday. She was special to me and I miss the relationship we once enjoyed. It’s great to know that I will see her again one day. When I was a little girl, she told me I was the apple of her eye. I later learned that the phrase came from David’s prayer in Psalm 17:8. She took me to church with her on Sunday mornings, and when I turned 13, she threw me an “Uno” party with a cookout. It was all 13 year-old girls. We had so much fun. So, today I’m enjoying nice memories, too.
Today is also Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day, which makes me mindful of differences and progress. I like to think of people as a box of crayons. Each color is beautiful and special. When I was coloring with Landon this morning, we were using the big box of crayons. You know, the one with the crayon sharpener. The more colors we had for our pictures, the better the final products were. Life is like that too! Variety makes life better. At work my staff has different backgrounds, personalities, opinions and skin color. The differences create more beautiful shared stories. For this reason, I am thankful for all that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for our country, not just for black Americans, but all Americans.
We have more in common than different. We are all God’s children. Our spirit filled blood flows red. Yet, as children and adults we still experience bullying. We have more differences than skin color. We have different hair color, textures, and styles. Some don’t have hair and others have different styles of facial hair. Some of us are tiny and some are large. Some are educated and some are not. Some of us have disabilities or mental illness. Some come from families with money, but others are homeless. Some have deformities or bad scars. Some like piercings. Others like tattoos. These differences are a visual description of the person. If we don’t take time to get to know the person under the surface, we only have a partial story. It is so easy to jump on the wagon of the downtrodden. Sometimes we just believe what people tell us and never really know the truth. These types of differences are important too. Jesus respected differences. In fact, in Luke 14:13 he said when you have a feast, invite everyone. He healed the sick, fed poor, and visited the prisoners. Jesus taught us to love one another, especially when we have been mistreated. It is when we live love that God can use us most.
In some ways we have come a long way, but others not so much! All of us at one time or another have segregated differences. Instead, we need to celebrate that we are all God’s children and our differences are wonderful! Now, that is something good!
Join me today in making a concerted effort to love our neighbors. God bless you.