I am a Christian. I love Jesus with all my heart and he is my life. I was raised by the Church to believe that Christians only talk and interact with other Christians. I was never one to obey that, but I wondered if something was wrong with me. However, once I reached adulthood, my life experiences have taught me something valuable.
You judge people by their fruit.
My best friend is a muslim. Our friendship is marked by open and honest communication and a genuine concern for one another.
However, the most opposition i’ve ever faced in my life were from people that believed in the same God or came from the same flesh.
When someone loves and respects you, title, accomplishments and outer appearance truly means little. You begin to love the soul and essence of a person. You respect their journey. It might be different from yours, but you respect it.
Your religion doesn’t determine the condition of your heart. The Samaritan parable is a perfect example of this. He wasn’t a Jew. He didn’t worship the same or even from the same ethnicity. He was different. And yet, he helped someone who was different from him because he saw a need.
Love is the greatest catalyst towards change. Love is the highest form of communication. Love goes beyond our physical limitations and our rigid/cold beliefs and breaks down barriers.
Some people are wary of differences because of their own fears. People fear what they don’t understand.
“I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other”.– Martin Luther King Jr.
Communication is not simply talking. It is listening with the goal of understanding and coming to a mutual conclusion. A lot of people are full of hot air and eloquent words but nothing of substance.
They would rather make judgements and draw conclusions than simply ask. They would rather judge than understand.
All human beings are inherently different and that is what God loves. He created diversity for a reason. True diversity. Not just the popularized version of diversity, but diversity that permeates every facet of life.
There are many denominations and now I’m beginning to see the beauty in it. Before, I believed, like most people, that God wanted everyone to be globally unified. However, we can all be different and yet be unified. We are all parts of the whole. We are like a field of flowers – diverse and spread out over a wide stretch of land.
Some of us are charismatic, fiery preachers, others of us are quiet servants. Some of us are skilled with our hands, others of us have the gift of gab. We have day shift workers and we have night shift workers. We have builders and demolitionists.
Life won’t give you want you want, you have to fight to create it. No one is required to simply roll out the red carpet because you arrived.
If you are looking for meaning in life, open your heart and mind to a new thing. Open your heart to seeing things differently. Because if you keep waiting for the perfect moment, perfect person, perfect everything, you will forfeit living.
Life is full of pain and regrets but it is in the beauty of living that we even learn.
It is how we respond – judge them by their fruit. How do they respond to your requests? Your honesty? How do they respond to your quirks? Ask yourself how you respond to others.