As I was sitting in the Atlanta airport earlier this week, I sat amazed at the assortment of this species called the human race. Humans come in all shapes and sizes. I saw a tall blonde woman with a tennis racket, a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks skateboarding to his gate, a family of four walking with two teenagers glued to their cell phones, and a little Asian girl dragging her Hello Kitty suitcase all by herself—such a variety on display!
Another thing revealed at an airport is that each of us carries our own opinions and views. Those who love sports don their favorite team’s fan-wear; those who complain about the tardiness of their flight speak to whomever is in line; those who come dressed in pajamas and fuzzy slippers, evidently, are all about comfort and really don’t care about public dress codes at all.
Attitudes, opinions, political views, favorite foods, you name it, all of us develop differently one from one another.
Still, Father God created us all equal.
We are all equal in value, worth. But we are not the same. Men remain to be different than women—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Cultures exhibit differences—depending on climate, history, religion, and traditions. Some people are more left brained, some more right-brained. The world has a need for scientists and doctors just as much as for artists and dancers.
This is one of the reasons I love traveling to other countries. I love to see all the differences in God’s creation of mankind.
Having just returned from the Dominican Republic (hence being in the Atlanta airport), I always enjoy spending time in this Caribbean culture. Dominicans have a patience towards one another unlike what I see in the US. They generally are open hearted, naturally generous and giving, even to strangers and people they don’t know. It is a relaxed tropical culture, different from my hectic busy clock-watching one.
God made us all equal but different. He did not make us robots or machines that can be replicated and multiplied over and over again. No. Each one of us are uniquely made in His image — no one is identical (not even identical twins) — and we all have the same value in His eyes. Whether our life began in the backwoods of Mississippi, the high-rises of Chicago, or the beaches of Puerto Plata, DR, we are all the apple of His eye. (Zac. 2:8) Specifically and individually we are loved and cared for in the same way by a good good Father.
He views each of our particular characteristics as precious. None of us have more value than another, no matter what clothes we are wearing, what skin color we have, or what education level we have achieved. Equal but different.
Different is good. I like purple, you like blue.
The world is full of many colors. Enjoy the array of beauty.