February 5, 2018

Loving Diversity

By: Kayla Zeigler [Enola, PA]

My “squad” is truly like no other. We have one friend who loves to draw and hates sports and

another who plays three sports year-round and thinks art is dumb. One girl in the group loves shopping and only wears the best brands, while another tries to buy only secondhand clothes from thrift shops. These conflicting values and interests spark interesting discussions and sometimes lead to arguments.


How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!
Psalm 133:1 (GNT)

Kayla’s squad

Many people wonder how we all can stay friends or how deep our friendships really go. But even though we may argue, we respect one another for who we are. Being different makes things interesting. If we were more alike, we wouldn’t push one another outside of our comfort zones, and life would be boring. Our love for one another resembles God’s love for us. God purposely made every human unique with different strengths and weaknesses and personal preferences. God wants people of diverse cultures and with different values to be able to live together in harmony.


PRAYER: God, I know you want me to love everyone I encounter no matter how different we are. Help me not to let someone’s seemingly weird traits keep me from caring for them, learning from them, and maybe even finding a new friend.


Consider

How do you and your squad welcome new members? How can you set an example by reaching out to others who need a friend? Ask God for the courage to be honest and open and for the patience to be a true friend.

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