Sitting here this nice June afternoon watching Daniel Tiger with C and the episode is about differences. “In some ways we are different, but in so many ways we are the same” is repeated throughout the show and I’ve seen this episode so many times but today it caught my attention.
Today in the world we are kill each other over our different opinions. We point out all the differences. It seems like we never really focus on what’s the same. We have a large array of religions, many ideas about health care, music style, political opinions, ways to raise our kids, when to get married, who can marry each other, what we can wear, what color our skin is, how we should look at each other’s bodies; the list could go on forever. But I’m what ways are we the same?
One thing for sure that every single person on this planet has in common is Gods love for us. It’s unending, it’s unconditional and He longs for a relationship with each of us. Until we can all grasp this, there will be turmoil in the world. There will be poor people, people who feel left out, depressed people, shamed people. I love the way that Lysa TerKeurst describes the fullness of a God so amazingly in her book Uninvited. She says “It is impossible to grasp the fullness of God without grasping the fullness of the love of Christ.” Wow. I know everyone always says love is the answer. But it really is. Gods love. Our love is nothing compared, we fall short, we hold back our love when we don’t feel others deserve it but God never does.
I recently watched this video where this woman was appalled at a fast food restaurant because a US military man asked if they provided military discount and she thought he didn’t deserve it. I was shocked to say the least! Instead of thanking him for his service she waved him off as ungrateful and undeserving. We often do this as humans. We dislike something someone does or says and look down on others in disgust, but we don’t see ourselves as int he wrong. I’m guilty of this for sure. But something just clicked today as I sat here reading my book not really paying attention to Daniel Tiger and I realized how broken our world is. We need love, not just love but the love that is modeled in the life of Jesus. He gave his life for people who would hate him, who he didn’t even know, who would reject him, who talked down to him, who would continually fall short of that kind of action.
In this show they are sad about their differences but in the end they all decide to love the things that separate them from one another. I think we as humans despite our differences should get back this childlike, Christ like love.