So what’s wrong with being a little different – that is different from those around you – including (or even especially) those whom you love?
That’s the question I pose for us today, one day after Valentine’s Day.
I am struck by how often someone says to me, while attempting to explain the deep conflict they are having with a “significant other” that “he (or she) and I are just so different from each other.”
I understand the frustration. I get that this person is often trying to wrestle with the sometimes very painful reality that his or her partner seems to be so different that there is little common ground to find anymore. That’s when it can become easy to start looking for someone or something new. You know, “the grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome.
Watch out, friends, if you are beginning to think that way.
It seems to me that the ways we are different from one another can be a blessing, if we will let it be. I believe God delights in our differences – our uniqueness – our special gifts – even our odd little “querks.” In fact, if you think back, it might be the differences between you and your partner that once made your partner so attractive to you.
So, I say “vive la dif·fé·rence!”
Take a fresh look at your friends, your family members, your co-workers, your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend – celebrate the unique personality you see there.
It may be that you can find fresh appreciation for, as Scripture says, we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.”