‘Everybody is a genius… But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
We are, as a majority, a species that cannot seem to celebrate the different. We like to fit in with the crowd and we look askance at people who would rather not. We bury our unique differences and try to be what another was sent here to be – and as a result, we live miserable lives because we will never achieve our full potential. How could we if like the fish were meant to swim but were judged on our climbing abilities?
There is no denying that diversity is the norm and not the unique, but we are yet to accept it. We may have some similarities but were created in God’s “image” (Genesis 1:27). He can be any of these at any given point in time – a creative genius, the epitome of wisdom, the fount of grace, the loving Father, the forgiving One, the jealous God, the silent Listener, and a lot more. Our puny human psyches would never be able to reflect ALL of Him. So, I’m hypothesizing that our diversity was born out of our individual reflections of His personality. So, if we are, each one of us, reflecting a different facet of His, who really has the right to cast aspersions at another for being different?
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ… But God has so composed the body… that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12: 12, 24, 25)
Quite an innovative way of showing God’s love for diversity, isn’t it? We are different and yet part of the same image and, quite obviously, that diversity was never a mistake. So, how about starting to show the world those differences? You could only enrich it when you reflect a part of His personality.
Now, if you want to go the other way and somehow find the courage to tell Him you aren’t happy with the differences He put in you, and which, by the way, are reflections of Him, be my guest! Just warn me in advance so that I can be a safe distance away! 🙂
(In response to the day’s one-word prompt: Diverse )