I just love diversity. And I love people. I mean...collectively, I hate them. But individually, I just love ALL people, and I want to give them a GREAT BIG HUG! I love all people...except...the ones who are in front of me, behind me or beside me in my car. Now that type of person I just CAN NOT tolerate.
It was an important time in my life. I separated myself from all things impure. Well, I mean, I tried to. That's a really hard thing to do, when the very being within you is naturally impure. I separated myself from secular music. I stayed away from anything remotely inappropriate on tv (still wishing there were some decent shows without all the verbal and visual offensiveness, but we are all about that right now, aren't we?) I set myself apart from all things secular, and that left me without one single, secular friend. Now, maybe that was an important transition time for myself, but in retrospect, there was a great big lack in diversity and a whole lot of suppressing going on, as well.
And that grace has allowed me to expand my world, and my world has become so much more beautifully diverse. And I have met people I would never have met, and I now have a voice in the lives of so many others. And sometimes that is not easy! I am reading Real Christianity by William Wilberforce during my morning Bible reading time. And in it he says, "behavior is the best standard for estimating the strength of religious feeling...Are we really taking advantage of every opportunity to be useful to God and others?"
But, then, we can't quite ignore them altogether, either, can we? Sometimes, our passions and our emotions are our most beautiful (and productive) aspects. And sometimes they are great big hugungous warning signs along the road with a gazillion forks and curves.
Well, anyway, the part I really liked about Wilberforce's statement is the challenge. "Are we really taking advantage of every opportunity to be useful to God and others." And I would say that my opportunities have increased exponentially in the last few years. And part of that is just stepping out of the house, but part of it is also stepping into myself. But all this giving and serving is not always easy.
I have found, rather, my fulfillment in serving, when I placed my motivation to serve in God. So that everything I do, large or small, is a giving and a serving to the God, not to earn something in return, but in response to the greatness of His love for me. And oh how he loves me! 🎶 Every day, I find new things that bring me joy and gratitude, and each one, I attribute to His love. I am so loved. And that is all I ever longed to be. 💕 Loved. Really, deeply, truly and wholly loved...the good, the bad and the road rage despite.
Have a happy week, my friends! You are loved, Sincerely,
Your Dear Little Homie