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The Whole World Isn't Green

For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? 1 Corinthians 4:7

Name me one person who plays in the NFL, NBA, and NHL simultaneously; who is also a detective in the FBI; and who works as a Navy SEAL. You can’t think of one? I’ll bet you could give me the names of different people who are involved in those groups individually, though. The reason there is not a single person in all those organizations simultaneously is that those are all specialized organizations, and God designed people to have certain talents and abilities. A person who is an excellent basketball player may not know the first thing about tracking a criminal. Someone who is good at military operations may have never even seen an NHL game, let alone played in one at the highest level. You may have a special skill in something that another person doesn’t even know exists; but the opposite may also be true. There are people who are good at things you do horribly.

The beauty of the world is found not only in nature, but in the diversity of its people. The world would be pretty drab if everything in the entire world was green or if the temperature never varied from seventy-two degrees. Likewise, the world would be a boring place if every person were exactly alike. Think about how mundane the world would be if everyone was skinny or fat or athletic or smart. What if everyone was good at the same thing? Life would be pretty “life”-less. God saw ahead to a situation like that, so He made everyone different. He gave people different talents, different personalities, different abilities, and different shapes and sizes. Just because someone has the ability to work on a computer or play in a band, and you play sports, act tough, and “run your mouth” doesn’t mean you should exercise the latter to criticize someone who you think is not as good as you are. God gave that person different talents than he gave you. If that person is using the talents and abilities that God gave him, then he is no less important or talented than you are.

You would get quite bored with life if everyone you met were exactly like you. Diversity is what God uses to help us come together and lean upon one another. When you make fun of someone’s looks or abilities, you are making fun of the diversity that makes this world a good place to live. Essentially, you are making fun of what God designed to help us all get along. Learn to see the talents in another person as something God-given, because that is exactly what it is.

Read also: 1 Corinthians 4:6-10

Quote of the day: "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

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