Respecting Others Differences
Do you respect others differences? Do you engage in conversations with others in efforts to understand them and have a greater worldview? With the political rhetoric what is currently is, it's pretty obvious that people have some very strong differing views. We definitely do not have to agree with what everyone else thinks, but I personally feel there is a lot of value in trying to understand other peoples viewpoints and rationale, again, even if we have no intention to agree. This makes us more compassionate, and allows us to have some notion of empathy for others. Many peoples opinions are formed based on how they were raised and the environment they were raised in. I will never pretend to understand first hand how someone for Tennessee, Texas, or Maine may see the world differently, especially if I don't make the conscious effort to great them.
This is exactly what Darly Davis has done as depicted in the documentary Accidental Courtesy. As an African American man, he sought out KKK members to understand their viewpoint, and ultimately change their mind that African Americans are not bad people, and we can live peacefully and still have different points of views, however strong they maybe.
My challenge for you is to consider someone who has a differences of opinion than you, right where you are. In school, at work, at a club you attend, wherever. Make a conscious effort to try and understand and empathize with them. You may find a hidden blessing of compassion that God wants for your heart. Remember: Understanding someone else's conflicting viewpoints, does not mean you have to accept it, just an open heart to recognize there are many different people in this world.
Many Blessings to everyone during this season of Lent!
- Jennifer Calito