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Webster's 1828 Dictionary:
DIVERSITY, n. [L.]
1. Difference; dissimilitude; unlikeness. There may be diversity without contrariety. There is a great diversity in human constitutions.
We are created differently from each other!
Even each star is different from one another!
There is none like God!
Apart from physical and personality differences amongst each other, we have each been given different talents, gifts and interests. This is a beautiful thing! Look at the picture below...
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Each individual tulip creates a beautiful scene to look at.
This makes me think of my family. We all share commonalities but each of us have different gifts and talents and interests. It's exciting to discover what these are and how each of us will use them for God's glory! And it's wonderful to see how the variety blesses our family; we all learn from each other.
This also makes me think of the body of Christ. It's important to take joy in what God has called you to do and to be joyful for others in what God has called them to do! We all need to be careful; it can be easy to get caught up in a *competition* mindset and that can go in a direction that doesn't please the Lord.
When it isn't embraced as a beautiful thing, it can be this way in...
a family unit, "You are given a talent in such n' such but (fill in the blank). You should (whatever) instead for this (whatever) reason." (What about what that person is being called to do for the Lord?)
a community, "We are doing *this* and it's not seen as working together if you are doing *this* over here..." (Thus a sad and unnecessary divide can happen.)
a church... "These are the ministries we do and you can be a part of this ministry or this ministry which have spaces open..." (But maybe someone could be mentored in how to get another ministry started within the church...)
schools... (cookie cutter education)
*homeschools*... (so and so's homeschool looks like *this* or a traditional school room looks like *this* and my homeschool *should*) or (You may learn *this* way but you need to learn *this* way.")
relationships... (if you are or aren't *fill in the blank* vs. Christ is our common ground)
Whatever God has called you to do, I hope are encouraged in it. I hope you use those gifts, talents and interests He gave you; don't let others drown out that calling. Also, I hope you sincerely encourage others in what He has called them to do.
Have a Blessed Day!