So something interesting happened to me on Wednesday, which really challenged some biases and assumptions that I can make about others. Here’s what happened:
I was headed to an appointment, and needed to check in with someone at the front desk before proceeding. As I filled out the necessary paperwork, I made conversation with the person helping me (as is my custom).
As I handed the form back to the man at the front desk, I looked at him (I mean really looked at him), as his appearance was really quite startling, and – if I’m honest – was rather unnerving, too. Without going into details, let’s just say the way that the man chose to present himself was quite unusual, and required me to school my features so that I did not react in a visible way. Instead, I continued to make conversation with him.
And do you know what I realized? Even if I do not agree with his, er, approach, I can say that the man appeared to be 100% comfortable in his own skin – far more than I am on most days! I made note of that.
Also, this verse from 1 John 4 resonated with me as I reflected on the events of the day, and I remembered that God has placed me on this earth to love other people – even if we don’t see eye-to-eye on things. Especially then, I daresay.
Will you pray with me?
Dear Lord, help me to remember that it’s my job to love others – especially those who may be different from me – and to leave all else in Your hands. If there is another step that You desire me to take, I trust that You will let me know when the time is right. Otherwise, remind me to stay in my own lane! In Your name I pray, amen.