The First Step… Acceptance

Here we are….a human family, living on a planet floating through space. Throughout our planet a person can come into contact with all different kinds of climates, people, and cultures. I being a Christian living here in America, have my own set of values and ideas that help me go about my day and, hopefully, along the way, I leave the people I meet with a better understanding of who I am, and perhaps a smile. Half a planet away somebody else,too, goes about their day, trying to make a living, to put food on the table for a family in need. They may wear different clothes than me, but it is possible that they too are trying to make the world a better place for themselves and others. If God has truly made each one of us unique, then we are a planet of unique people, each one of us special in our own way. I believe it is the goal of many of us to have a peaceful, healthy existence, but how can that be if all we focus on is our differences? We have multiple races, religions, cultures and personalities. The key is, how do we all exist on one planet without eventually killing each other? As much as I believe that Christianity is the way to Jesus and God, I also have to accept that others may have found other ways to God. We must begin to focus on what brings us together as a human family, not what keeps us apart. How can I argue with a person in the Middle East who kneels down 5 times a day to pray to God? if I can show him that I too pray to God everyday,then perhaps through our belief in God,we can find some common ground. There are people that I know who claim to be atheists. As much as I find it very hard to believe that someone would not believe in a higher power, I do listen to their views, and in turn, try to find some similarities in how we feel about things. If nothing else, we all breathe the same air, and share the same planet. One point that I find very interesting are Naturalists…they have a strong belief in the cycle of nature. The way I approach this point is that if God created the planet, then God too created nature, so for me, in some way, they do believe in God. I know some people would tell me the only true way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ, Allah, God, etc. Although I myself believe in Jesus Christ as my Saviour, don’t I also have to understand that some people may disagree with me? And if they do, what is my solution? To find ways to love them, or to hate them? One thing I have found in my travels, hate breeds hate. But love can overcome all. I hope one day before I die to see a planet where many people of all different shapes and sizes, creeds and colors, sit around a table and rejoice in what makes them similar, and different. Then we can truly understand why God made us unique. Only when we accept the way things are can we bring about change.
Take the time to love,

Jennifer Avalon
© 1997 Jennifer Avalon

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