28 Apr DIFFERENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 2
Learn to see your difference as strength and not what should make you to become stressed” RSD.
“The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one DISTINGUISHED among his brothers. Gen 49:26 NASU.
One of the reasons most people get somehow strained, stressed and frustrated in life is lack of understanding of the benefits of their unique features which make them different from other people. Such features can be the color of their skin, family background, nationality, religion or belief system, professions, hobbies, likes and dislikes. Steven R.Covey one of the world’s foremost motivational speaker and amazing writer said that “Strength lies in differences and not in similarities”. It is quite amazing that only few people appreciate their differences instead they think it make them lesser than others.
I have often discovered that most relationships also experience traumas simply because the parties tends to take for granted their differences particularly when they are addressing issues and it seems that they are approaching it from different perspectives. The truth is that what supposed to be seen as strength has been misconstrued as basis for arguments and unnecessary fights which leads to breakups and breakdowns in relationships particularly among married couples.
We humans sometimes don’t utilize the same advantages we see from basic things and allow them to help our perspectives when relating with other people or even dealing with our lives challenges. For instances, we celebrate the fact that there are different players with specialized areas on the football field which constitute a better team. If all the players on a football pitch are left footed and also plays the same wing, how will they form a team, talk less of winning in a match? Can you imagine if all the people that are working in an organization are marketers, who will be the producers and human resource managers, security and so on? We often love the diversities in these areas but never appropriate it to some vital issues of our lives particularly in our relationships with other people and also valuing our uniqueness.
Anytime we are tempted to put up a fight with other people or go into long disagreement over some issues because they don’t tend to have the same opinion with us, we can use the principle of strength in diversity to see ways to resolve them instead of allowing trivial differences to steal the peace in our relationships. We should also learn to enjoy what makes us different from others even if such things may seem to be seen as disadvantages because God uses weak things for His glory like this scriptures describes “Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 1 Cor 1:27-29 MSG.
There is no need to become bitter with yourself as result color, language, marital, financial, educational national status and soon. We should not also dislike or be prejudiced against other people simply because of beliefs, religion, culture and so on. Catherine Pulsifer said that “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring”. Joseph realized his uniqueness from his brothers and he maximized it to the fullest. He never envied anyone neither did he castigated the Egyptians because of their beliefs which was really different from his. He was able to do this because of his relationship with God. He knew the fact we all are created in God’s image and God is neither white nor black but God is simply good. So, if we claim to know God and also serving Him, we should emulate His goodness by being good to all men regardless of their tribe, religion, color of skin, status and so on.
In conclusion, when we have good relationship with Jesus, He will help us to really focus on the strength in our differences because He exemplified the true embodiment of peace, rest, love, and appreciation of everyone He related with during His earthly assignment. Little wonder the crowd always loves to be with Him and all categories of people were free to relate with Him including sinners and the low classed in the society. That is why the scriptures say that “words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. Col 3:11 MSG. Col 3:11. So you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power. Col 2:10. TLB. Hence, with this understanding and good relationship with Christ you can use your difference to make tremendous impacts in life as He did.
“Your diversity will give you authenticity and special capacity for productivity and prosperity in life also help you to live above animosity towards others but with a heart of generosity to them” RSD.