I’ve learned in life…that almost nothing is black and white.
This picture that I took today reminded me of that. While a photo showing the stark differences between light and dark, black and white, is easy to snap, the difference between the two in life is never quite so easily deciphered.
What is right to one, can be completely wrong to another. What is good to some, is the epitome of evil to another.
My question is….why do we have such intolerance for each other? Why do we say…through our actions, that we have the right to tell other’s how they are to believe, think, act, live, be. Who are we to attempt to define other’s by our standards? Why is it so important to consume ourselves with the actions and choices of others…rather than working solely on being better ourselves?
Our family views, as I’ve said before, are not mainstream. There is no real place for us in the understanding of others regarding our beliefs. We are one thing to one group, and another to another group. And complete outcasts to others! Ha ha! But, it is in this place of being removed from the understanding of most….that we have found the most understanding about OUR beliefs. What it is to be on this earth…who we are meant to serve in this life…and a more defined relationship with the Creator of the Universe than ever before.
My family and I, have taken this to heart:
Luke 6:42 “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Whether you believe in Messiah or not…you have to admit that those are words of amazing wisdom. Who are we to judge another, when we are not fully refined and pure ourselves? I have been pondering these questions for more than a year now. I will share an in depth post at some point about our time in Costa Rica,(Nicaragua and Panama), but for now, I will just touch on what we learned about people while there.
That we are not perfect.
And…neither is anybody else.
That when you put your faith in another human being…more than the Creator….you are asking to be disappointed.
There are many, many, many lost and broken, hungry and tired people in this world. And that it is our job to serve them. (this is not a reference to anybody else. Just our family. We have been called to be servants, and have a tender place in our hearts for the hurting of this world.)
Panamanian orphanage 2012.
To trust our instincts. To listen to that still small voice that our Father so often speaks to us through…and we would save ourselves A LOT of heart ache
That unfortunately, when people take hold of religion, more than an actual relationship with the Creator….compassion is lost. Kindness is revoked. Anguish is created. And judgement breeds division.
No matter what faith you are…or of the none at all persuasion, I hope you would agree that when judging others…we are attempting to elevate ourselves above them. That we are feeding into the division of the world around us, rather than attempting to unite through love. If all of us would take the time to just perfect ourselves…we would have a lot more time to love others.
Things in this life are almost never black and white.
But if we are fixing ourselves, and deciding what we need to change within our own lives….we should able to love anyone, through the grey.