So like, as far as I can tell, in the absence of actually knowing someone and their character, it’s human nature to default to judging and labeling others based on superficial ‘markers’ – like appearance, dress sense, job, popularity, social skills etc – in an effort to put them within our comfort zone. I guess we do this so we can find a way to relate to them. And if we can’t relate, we often reject. At our loss.
But what if another person gets on with the business of being themselves without fear of reproach, and what if their God-given who-they-are just happens to be out of our comfort zone? This is where our own character is tested, methinks…
Are we brave enough and secure enough in who we are in God, to let others be who they are in God? Even when that challenges and confronts our own biases, prejudices, pre-conceived ideas, and insecurities?
Love this quote from a reading today…food for thought
“Hear this: you are not who others say you are. Why should they label you? Determine who you are before God. Let Him determine the level of your success. Why should others be allowed to live at their highest potential, but not you?
You are more than your past, more than your education or CV, more than the colour of your skin, more than your bank account, and more than your circumstances.
Tell those who talk down to you and devalue you, ‘You’re confusing me with somebody else. God says I am a prince. And if I’m a prince, then I have the right to be treated like one!’ You ask, ‘But is that true?’ Yes, the Bible says that when you walk with God, you are part of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). You are an overcomer (1 John 2:13-14). You are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13-14).
So dry your tears, lift your head, square your shoulders and begin walking in your God-given identity.”
– Bob & Debby Gass