All of us want to be unique, but we might not be ready to accept the same uniqueness in others. ‘Be yourself’, we say. But when a sibling forgets to keep the room clean, we fly in a fit of rage. “All I asked you was one thing, and you couldn’t even do that?”
We want to be different, but when we see others who think outside of our realm of understanding, we automatically shun them. “He doesn’t belong here,” we say. “He thinks only about himself; doesn’t care how his loved ones want him to behave.”
People expect you to behave in a certain manner. They want you to be someone that they feel fits the standards; does all the things on the checklist.
During a birthday, a cake has to be cut. As if this divine command appeared on the sky some thousand years back. And if someone forgets to get it, all hell breaks loose. “A cake is not really a big deal, why cut it,” says the forgetful soul. He tries to mend the damage by ordering a lot of yummy food. But bitterness is like gangrene. As long as it’s in you, it’ll never let anything good thrive.
But, you see, God didn’t upload the same software in all of us. And my system might have more glitches than yours.
Which means, I might not remember to wish you on your wedding, I might cancel out on you at the last minute, I might not pick up your call when you call the 100th time… I deserve the anger, but the only thing I need from you is to accept me the way I am.
When Jesus came to the Earth, he was called every wrong name – demon possessed, blasphemer, liar… He was just too different to be accepted by the majority. But the few that mattered, the few that cared, saw Him for who He really was.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
You might be going through a time, when you feel that no one cares about how you feel. And as long as you keep your head down and mouth shut, you might think people will accept you.
But you know, someone up there cares. He does, true story. And though it’s scary to believe, it will set you free. Once you break free from the shackles, you will see Him. And you’ll realise that you are loved just the way you are. He loves you when you laugh as loud as a horse or when you feel like a pig for finishing a huge pizza or when no matter what you do to your hair, it ends up resembling a bird’s nest…
He loves you and more than that, He accepts you.