My mom always told me not to compare…
But come on. Sometimes it’s difficult not to.
No two people are the same.
Their genes, their environment, and their experiences all add in to mold their personality.
The saying, “don’t judge until you walk a day into someone’s shoes…” Can’t really apply – because there were MANY days before they got to that walk, of that one day.
Simply said – you cannot take a snap shot of one day, or one situation – and compare things, and expect to have an understanding.
We must truly get to know the person, the situation, be good listeners (that part I must REALLY practice again and again!)…
When it comes to my children – I simply try to love them – each for who God made them to be… but I’d be lying if I didn’t sometimes wish they each had a bit of eachother’s “best side”.
Similarly with my friends and family, I can’t expect them all to act the same… or believe everything the same as me, have the same convictions, opinions and understanding.
We’re DIFFERENT. With different blessings and challenges – according to what brings God the most glory.
Sometimes we like to think our spouse should be more like us, and yet – if they were… that wouldn’t be a good fit either.
There is a reason God made us ALL different. IT’s with a great purpose. sanctification.
We learn to get along with different personalities, how to relate to people who have different challenges than we do… and it allows us (hopefully) not to be so self focused.
There is a world of people hurting around us. How do we reach those people for God’s glory? Being able to relate, sympathize, and empathize.
Let your life be a witness for His glory. In struggle and in blessings. Because really, they’re one in the same… and the struggles keep us closer to God. Thankful for that blessing.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your Word.
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.