I’m hoping the title to this post will provoke some curiosity. I know I talk about my kids a lot -- especially my 4-1/2 year-old, Eliana -- but who knew I could learn so much from a child? Today, in response to the question, “Don’t you think Elmo is a little annoying sometimes?” Eliana said simply, “No. He’s just the way God made him.”
Now, it’s true that I have to teach my daughter the difference between puppets and humans, but that’s not the point I want to make.
What kind of a difference would it make if we had Eliana’s point of view toward people we know? people we work with? people we come into contact with?
Of course, I am not referring to tolerating sinful lifestyles and choices (we need to speak the truth in love! see Ephesians 4:15), but sometimes people with personalities that differ from our own can rub us the wrong way. Let it go no further. Remember we are all uniquely created by God for His purposes and His pleasure. Let’s try to appreciate the differences of others instead of being aggravated by them.
After all, “He’s just the way God made him”...or her!
Blessings, my friend,