Some of you may accept and believe in a Great Creator that we as humans have never seen.
I have no further concrete explanation how some of us can have brown, grey or blue eyes, hair that’s curly, straight, blonde, brunette or, bald. I can’t explain melanin or the lack thereof in our skin, how tall, short, thick or, thin, male or female we are. I can’t do it personally or scientifically. I CAN embrace the subtleties of difference in human beings. I also CAN remember something specific that stays with me to this day.
The Dream Lives
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that mankind would not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. In the 60’s and 70’s clear through today, not being judged by the physically obvious is still a tall order to uphold. The blazing trail for civil rights of all people was intended to be quenched when Dr. King was assassinated on that spring day in April of ’68. The enemies of justice and equal rights figured that if they took the leader out of the equation, people would scatter and abandon this worthy cause.
An Amazing Truth
Not so this time. There were only so many water hoses, dogs, riot gear and cowards in hoods that anyone should have to endure. An amazing detail resides in all of us from birth that is undeniable. In the history of making human beings, not ONE of us is identical! Certainly, we can ask about “identical twins” yet, besides dressing alike, they are two distinct human beings.
Each human being in his/her individuality, has a God-given right to be unique. Since we will never encounter another being exactly like us, this should be refreshing! Nonetheless, as we sheepishly attempt to assimilate into our various groupings, we end up missing one of the most important realizations known to mankind.
We were created to marvel at the subtleties of difference in us all. Even by steering clear of the religious shackles that some try to force on us, we are created different yet equal. Our features were made the way He chose because He could! Being made in our Creator’s image affords us the ability not only to appreciate the mastery of His work but also to go and do likewise by creating a joyful environment in which to work, play, live.
May I encourage us all to sit back and think long and hard about things that may actually be within our control. We may find that it’s not much. This fact does not make us poor helpless saps, instead, it empowers us to do everything within our power with the utmost vigor. Appreciating our subtleties of difference is certainly within our power to do. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is not just a platitude, it’s a command that’s within our realm of ability.
Let’s DO it!