I was in the shower just now and meditating on what God has shown me these past few months about accepting differences. He created each person differently, and so are their experiences, their culture, their mindset, etc. So there’s no way a person will understand completely about other people. The problem in our society, or on a smaller scale, in our communities these days is people trying so hard to understand other people who are different than theirs. And then, they ended up making a shaky conclusion about that matters by labeling or stereotyping or judging basically, acting like they know about other people. In fact, we don’t know!
STOP JUDGING AND PUSHING
Pushing our ‘truth’ to others will just create problems (I learned it the hard way, btw). I feel like we as Christians have to stop treating this Jesus thing as if it’s a cheap thing. Stop selling it as if God needs them, and not otherwise. Faith is a gift (1 Corinthians 12:9). People who haven’t understand will not accept it, no matter what you do or say. We have to stop pushing it at our own pace and just believe in His timing. For everything there’s a season, right? So pray instead and let God do His thing.
Furthermore, one thing I always believe is that everything God created is good, including every single person in this world. And so, don’t easily judge other people. Your truth might not be the whole truth. There’re always more stories behind everything you see in this world. At the same time, don’t let other people’s opinions define you. Don’t let the world create your identity!
The problem with people these days is they think they know people, but yet they don’t know their own identity. That’s why suicides rate has gone really high these past few years (it’s doubled from the previous generation, according to Barna book about Gen Z). Even success and money couldn’t resist it. Why? It’s because we can only make sense of our lives if we know our own identity: Who created us? What is our purpose? How we do it? Why do we wanna do it? Where?
LOVE AND ACCEPT MORE
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”
Instead of judging and pushing, love more, accept others. Show them mercy. Do everything justly. Let them see Jesus’ love in you so that they will follow you, voluntarily and without struggles. Take no interest in converting other people’s belief or opinions. But instead, love them and show them that Jesus is love and that we can really learn from Him. Show them that knowing your God will make you better and not bitter.
Pray for them! Praying is the most humble thing to do. You don’t do things with your own strength, because you realize you can’t anyway. Instead, involve God in every aspect of your life, every decision, every thing.
God bless you,
NOTE: I’m going to Indonesia the day after tomorrow for a leadership training and Empowered21 Asia conference in Jakarta. If you’re willing, please pray for me. I will really appreciate it.