The innocence of a child is truly admirable. Though they are highly impressionable, there are many of their characteristics that we should adopt. One being, their desire for unity. At any given second, you can see their eyes excitedly searching across the room for that one similarity. You can't deny the joy emanating from their bright faces when they see someone loves what they love. I just wonder, how would our lives change, if we did the same?
Though we each are unique in nature, many of us seek to boast in those differences. But, where do we leave room to truly connect? When we read scripture, we see God's desire for oneness. For in that oneness, we discover that God is love and when we create that oneness, God's love is in the midst. Maybe depression and loneliness are at an all time high because we fail to see the mirror of our reflections in each other.
I'm not saying we erase what makes us unique, but just that we equally celebrate what makes us the same. When you watch an orchestra play, it's amazing how beautiful the music sounds. But if you take a closer look, you will see the many different instruments that come together to create one sound. Does the harmony they create make any instrument less than what it already is alone? Of course not.
When you decide to connect/relate to someone else, you don't lose your uniqueness. If anything, the notes you uniquely create are only amplified. As believers and humans in general, let us strive to form those necessary connections. Who knows, that one moment of connection could be the lifeline that someone needs.
“Finally, all of you be like-minded [united in spirit], sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted [courteous and compassionate toward each other as members of one household], and humble in spirit;”
1 Peter 3:8 AMP
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What keeps you from seeking to connect with others? How can you begin to step outside of your shell?