“Differences in Our Similarities”

Walk His Way

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”  Romans 12:10

Walk it Out

Only two days away from back to school madness yet I am excited to let go of the summer slam and welcome this newness.  At least it will be orderly chaos and that makes my heart sing!

By the way, who stole lazy summer days?

I know that others will disagree.  They already have, and that is okay.  The “differences in our similarities” is what has me curious these days.  It was brought to my attention as I was using an illustration of Yogi Berra, the baseball legend, and his son, Dale, in a lesson I was teaching from Psalm 1.

Lingering over the sameness of my sweet sisters and yet noticing more than ever our differences.

What do I do with them (differences)?  

Does it even matter?

Should this be cause for alarm?

After rummaging through more Scripture, I came across Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”

So, there it is.  The answer to those questions above.  From bottom, up.

God gives us warning, and we are commanded to pay attention.  To think as He thinks.  To care as He cares.  To love as He loves.  Carve out of our calendars, time for God.  Time for others.  Time to be present.  Time to be intentional.  Time to tend to and nurture these beautiful sisters.

So, yes!  It matters!  The gracious hand of our great God is at work in our lives whenever we can find the answers to our lingering thoughts throughout the glorious pages of our Bibles.  His word is power and, when understood, moves us into action.

This is a call to celebrate our sameness (and yes, our saneness) and embrace our differences.  To recognize the uniqueness in each of the Master’s designs.  To learn from my sister’s strengths and come alongside in her weakness to offer mine.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you will make me like You in the way of devotion to the beautiful women intersected with my life.  After all, each one a gift from You.  I pray that I will embrace each of these sweet sisters and remember the gracious Hand that knit us together with the warm fabric of our differences.  I pray that I will be a genuine encourager of these amazing women!  Please help me place their needs above my own.  This is a tall order in this busy world for a selfish gal like me, yet I come asking.  Forgive me when I do not appreciate the gift of these marvelous friendships and nurture them as You have instructed me to do.  May I learn to love them like family.  Amen.  

Will you walk with me?

Soon, our precious thirteen-year-old daughter will make her way through the halls of eighth grade.

Again, our middle son will make his way out the door for work and to college classes, closer to reaching his goals.

And our oldest son, who recently stepped out on his own, will continue forging ahead making his way in this world.

To each of my precious three: “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it.”  (Psalm 37:5) And along the way please remember devotion to others, brotherly love, and genuine care for the differences found in others.

There will soon be silence, this I crave.

My calendar has been seized and colors of blue and pink are making way for carved-out time devoted to what God has taught me.  Why?

I want to be a woman who leans in and listens more to God.

I want to be a woman who when I learn, I leap into action.  

I want to be a woman who makes a big difference in this big world because I serve a bigger God.  And I will begin right where I am with those He has placed around me in my small corner of the world.  

Similarities.  Differences.  Beauty linking the two.  I hope you will ponder it through as we begin our journey together.

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