“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t become snobbish but take a real interest in ordinary people. Don’t become set in your own opinions.” (Romans 12: 16, JB Phillips New Testament)
It can be easy to live in our own little world with its fixed judgments and opinions. We may certainly mean well, attributing our thoughts and actions to what feels wise to us and most comfortable. But we are missing out on the glory.
Staying confined in our own beliefs alone, we miss out on what necessarily broadens our lives, what reflects God’s intention of harmony with all creation. As we grow in spiritual understanding, we can recognize that this does not set us apart and above our fellow man. It doesn’t allow us to look down on people as unworthy or pitiable.
Instead, we can embrace others with our openness, our love, our expectation of good, our genuine respect. We can listen to one and all. The ordinary people—those who might cross our path without a second glance—are truly extraordinary. They are God’s ideas, full of His qualities, and certainly worthy of our interest, our time, and our conscious, genuine love.
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