Why do we find it so easy to close our minds to different ideas and different people, to isolate ourselves in a bubble filled with people who think the way we think? We do this all the time without even realizing it. We judge others by their race or religion instead of getting to know them for who they are. We stay safe in our own little worlds, never seeking to experience anything beyond our comfort zone.
“Live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you. Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.
Ephesians 4:1b–3 (GNT)
I don’t want to be in a box full of people just like me. I don’t want to limit myself to just one view. Perhaps the people who do are afraid of different ideas because their own beliefs aren’t strong. I never want to be afraid to learn something new, to change my views on things, or to see things from a different perspective. I enjoy diversity, and I believe God does too. We could all be exactly the same, but God made each of us unique. Let’s celebrate that uniqueness.
TRY IT: Nothing good comes from boxing ourselves in or closing ourselves off. This month, let’s practice keeping our hearts and minds open to all the amazingly different people, places, and things God has created.