Celebrate “otherness”

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I thank God for diversity and variety all around me. I give due diligence in recognition of all the talents, gifts, ministries and professionals impacting lives positively in my sphere of life, and l continue to pray for them for greater grace, favour and resources to keep impacting other lives too.

“But God has combined the [different] members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked [honor]. 1Cor 12:24b. NIV

ONE manifestation of wisdom is in our ability to recognize and celebrate the difference in people. God appreciates difference. He created diverse plants, animals and herbs, male and female. A man is not the same as a woman in terms of emotional response, pattern of thought, physical strength and the like.

Our ability to recognize and celebrate the difference in people determines how peaceful our relationships in life can be. We must learn to appreciate the “otherness” in humans in order to celebrate their differences in love. In every ministry, firm or company, some have the nature of cheerleaders, others have the strong mentality of a coach.
Everyone has something special to give, and each brings something different on board; there’s a quality of richness that enhances our associations.

Jesus embraced diversity in His selection of the Twelve. He saw the ability in Judas to keep the money bag ( John 13:29). Peter, James and John were more closer to Jesus. Jesus celebrated their difference.

Even among married couples, it’s good to celebrate your differences, not make them the basis of arguments or criticisms. What makes your wife or husband different? What positive thing can you achieve with that difference? Respect and celebrate the skills, gifts, and potentials in other people. Some people can write; others compose, sing, dance; some can rap and do spoken word; some are good communicators, others are good analysts; others are good orators, planners; many are great thinkers; some are also great implementers etc. Remember, we are not meant to do the same things.

Our differences should give us a unified and pleasant life full of colour. Our differences are meant to unite us in love, not to keep us apart. If we refuse to respect and celebrate the differences in people, our greatness cannot emerge successfully; because life is built on how well we can esteem good relationships.

Respect and celebrate the skills, gifts, and potentials in other people. Some people can write; others compose, sing, dance; some can rap; some are good communicators, others are good analysts; others are good orators, planners; many are great thinkers; some are also great implementers and so on. We are not meant to do the same things.

We must bear this in mind; uncommon achievers notice the quality in people, not only their mistakes. Celebrate and dwell on whatever impacts lives positively, not on those that impact negatively.

We all have our own individual flaws and weaknesses; we are well aware of them and conscious about them too, but we are helpless when it comes to doing away with them . Reason is that those tendencies, flaws and weaknesses are very much a part of us and really define us. We are likely to treat this unpresentable part of ourselves with great carefulness and honor;

while our presentable parts need no special treatment ” (1Cor 12:23, 24 ).

Receive more grace to do this in wisdom. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

3 thoughts on “Celebrate “otherness”

  1. God Bless you for sharing this with us all. That’s It Right there: Receive More Grace To Do This In Wisdom. We as Children of the Most High Must Continue Edyifying One Another. Because Jesus Christ Himself knows that We ((All)) going to Need it. Pray for one another, Encourage One another, if we see our brother are sister needing a ((Hug)) a Word of Truth. We need to be sharing what Jesus Himself has given us. Amen!! Keep me in your prayers as I continue about our Heavenly Fathers Will. And I will be be doing the same. ((Hugs)) 🙂

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