For #FiveMinuteFriday this week the prompt is the word common. The first thing that came to mind when I heard it is a line from “Color Outside the Lines” by Glad. It comes in the bridge of the song and goes like this:
You make even common things become a work of art.
God is always faithful to finish what He starts in our lives. He may not do things the way we think they should be, and color outside the lines of our expectations, but He will make a masterpiece. I love the truth illustrated in the chorus:
Color outside the lines I’ve drawn
Doing something different than I counted on
Color outside the lines I find
The picture’s not at all what I had in mind
But with one step back
Well it’s clear to see in your hands
Life becomes a masterpiece.
In God’s sight there are no common people. No one has more value than anyone else.
Color, race, political views, geographical location, food preferences – none of these make one better or less than another. We are all human beings created in His image. Most of us want to live in peace wherever we are.
This past week has brought out differences of opinion between people. Unkind words have been spoken. Some people are angry, others fearful, some happy, others sick at heart. The election seems to have brought out the worst, like we have forgotten what it means to show love.
Isn’t it interesting that when there is a natural disaster, friends and enemies alike work together? They realize there is a common goal, that of survival.
Political beliefs don’t seem to matter much when your whole community is facing danger.
I wonder if we could learn something from that. What would happen if we stopped looking at each other as enemies and sought common ground?
Let Love and Hope Lead
These are difficult times, and it is easy to despair if we just look at circumstances.
There is always hope even if we can’t see it.
We can’t change other people, but we can put our trust in God.
Starting in our own families and neighborhoods we can begin to listen. We can let love lead rather than hate or fear.
Let’s heed the words of Jesus found in Matthew 5:43-48 in the CEB (Common English Bible) translation.
You have heard that it was said, “You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.
If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?
Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.
I want to remember to pray for our country and show love to all – friends and enemies. I want to see the world through His eyes and love as He does. That is my desire, though I know I will fall short. But God always gives grace. I pray that we will work together to reach our common goal of peace.
May we show each other grace and remember that Love will make a difference.