“If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?” 1 Corinthians 12:17
Today I want to talk about differences. Criticism can stem from the frustration of people doing things differently than others. Because you are different than I am, you see things differently than I see them. Therefore, you have another perspective and get things accomplished in your own way. Neither of us may be wrong, we are just different. Let me give you an example of what I mean.
I see many people at my place of employment that become frustrated with the supervisors because management must look at the big picture while the employee is focused on their own position’s benefits. So, when the boss doesn’t see things from the employee point of view the employee begins to complain and criticize the way things are handled and think they could do their boss’ job better.
In the same way, it is easy to become frustrated with people doing things differently than you would like them done. This is often seen in close relationships and even marriages. Your closest friends can be the most frustrating at times because they just do things differently than you would do them.
I believe we can learn some about this from today’s scripture. God made us all to have a different perspective and there are some very good reasons why.
1. If we didn’t have diverse points of view, we would all see things the same way which would cause us to do things all the same, resulting in a very boring world.
2. He designed us with differences, so we have to work together and learn from one another to accomplish things.
3. He gave us a variety of gifts and abilities to complement each other and in the case of most marriages, we balance each other out.
Where one person is weak, the other is strong in that area and vice versa. Also, bringing two perspectives or ideas together can translate into a third possibility and better solution. That’s what becomes the most frustrating. If you are anything like me, you would rather just get the job done your way, but that is not the way God wants us to be. He wants us to meet, commune, and brainstorm with each other often. He made us different so we could all contribute in a different way to get the job done the best way possible. The results are far superior because of all the unique contributions.
Today, I want to encourage you to see things in a different light than you have in the past. Notice how those around you are doing things differently than you do, then ask yourself, is it really a bad thing? Maybe there is a reason they are doing it that way. Is there any potential for something beyond me if our two ideas come together? Can there be a third and better option if the two ideas meet? Recognize that God has you connected with the people around you to strengthen you and to make a better version of all involved. Then begin to thank God for all the diverseness in the world and that life is more interesting with other perspectives in it.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26