But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17-18
The boys begged and begged yesterday to get their bunnies out and play in the yard. So we gathered them up from the barn and hauled one of them to the yard. It is always difficult to keep the boys’ cats out of the yard while the bunnies are out, so we decided to co-mingle them. As we watched out the kitchen window they played and jumped and chased after one another as if they were made to co-exist. Different, yet so much the same.
It made me think about us, all of us that make up the people of the world…different, yet so much the same. We may look different, talk different, wear different clothes, even smell different, but how different are we really? We tend to look differently at people who aren’t like us…the ones with all the tattoos and piercings, or the ones with blue color in their hair or perhaps the ones that wear cowboy boots and tight-fitting jeans, or the one in the Jesus shirt you pass by at the mall.
We are so quick to judge…to form an opinion based on only what our eyes can see. But God had once told Samuel about the great king David “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
We are all different. God made each of us unique but he also made us in his image. (Genesis 1:27) So we really aren’t all as different as we think…maybe on the outside, but not on the inside. Lets receive the wisdom from above poured down on us this Christmas season so that we may be peace-loving, gentle at all times, willing to yield to others, and full of mercy to all. Lets love sincerely, even those who don’t look like us.