Different

We are all different. We look different. We act different. We think differently. We prefer different things. Our personalities are different – some prefer organization and schedules; others thrive in spontaneity. Some work better facing a deadline while others prefer to plan their tasks to the minutest details. Some are boisterous, outgoing. Others quiet and shy.

Our beliefs are different. They may have been shaped by different life experiences, different cultures, or merely just what books we chose to read.

With all these differences, it’s miraculous that we can come together at all. It’s amazing that we would have anything in common. But there is one thing we all have in common.

Our humanity. We live in a world with many different people – different personalities, different preferences, different cultures and different beliefs. Although we have many things in common, it’s our differences that seem to get in our way, sometimes causing problems that seemingly cannot be overcome.

Beethoven was a creative genius. His symphonies continue to inspire and soothe the soul of millions of people. Yet, his best work was described as his last one. He wrote it when he was deaf. How does even the best composer write his greatest work when he can’t even hear the music? Since a symphony is written for many different instruments, how did he know that what he wrote for each would blend together well, let alone become the masterpiece loved by so many throughout generations?

Grandma Moses started painting as a child with lemon and grape juice as her “paint”. Her painting career started when she was 76, yet she became someone recognized by universities with honorary doctoral degrees and awards from presidents. One of her paintings rests in the White House and was used to create a postage stamp in her honor. She started painting because arthritis kept her from her embroidery. How does someone with arthritic hands create masterpieces that bring such national recognition?

How did a deaf man compose a symphony that is recognized as a masterpiece? How does an elderly woman with arthritic hands paint artistic works that are acclaimed by universities and presidents? How do we solve the problems so prevalent in the world today? The answer to these three questions is the same – God. Only God can place a masterpiece in a man or woman whose body defies them to work. Only God can bring about peace in the chaos of the world today.

How do we find this God? Look in His Word. Call out to Him and He will answer you in whatever problem you face.

Yes, we are all different, yet we are all the same. We are children of God. Reach out to Him. Reach for that Morning Star.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,; declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11.

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