Written By: Taylor Fast
In the news recently we have seen the destruction of many communities throughout the world, which have led to refugees from these communities to come into our neighbourhoods to live and start life again. We see people then, who speak a different language than us, dress differently than us, think differently than us, and believe in different things than us. That is a GREAT thing. I am writing this to remind everyone that we are called to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. This means, no matter where they come from we love them. I could only imagine the experience of moving to a completely different country where the cultures are quite different, I would only hope that I would be cared for and loved by others so that the transition of moving could be made easier.
What a great example of the Christian lifestyle we are to others, when we show love and respect for all- no matter how different they may SEEM to be from us. If we attempt to put ourselves in the shoes of those who are refugees, we could think of a life of starting over. You are separated from family, you miss certain aspects of your historical roots at home, and/or you may have been taken away from an education or career you loved back home. We need to embrace all cultures and all people with open arms, as that is what God has called us to do. He has called us to be Christ-like, and that means showing love for all.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2
The world can seem full of hate as we turn on the news, but we can be the beckon of hope for others. Do not be quick to judge someone, but be open towards them instead with love and compassion. Everyone has beauty and has a story to be told, whether it be someone in your classroom, your office, or in your neighbourhood. No matter who, no matter where, we have a job to do, and that is to love others.
I challenge you readers today, to love someone who you would normally find harder to love. I also challenge you to be open-armed and gentle with everyone who crosses your path.
Until Next Time,