While reading through some of the statuses of my friends on Facebook, I came across this one:
My wish for 2010 is that people will understand that children with disabilities do not have a disease; children with disabilities are not looking for a cure but ACCEPTANCE.
It was posted by a long-time friend that was born with CP (cerebral palsy). She was several years younger than I was, but I remember when she was a little girl, watching her walk with a limp, holding her smaller arm close. Most importantly, I remember her attitude. There was no “pity party” for her, and it was obvious that she just wanted to be treated like everyone else.
Immediately after reading her status, I thought of how so many of us seem to endeavor to “fix” people. We see their “faults.” We see how they are “different.” We see them as “lost.” We see them as “broken.”
There is nothing wrong with compassion. That is not what I’m saying here. However, there is something very wrong with imposing OUR perceptions of how another needs “fixed” on them.
My oldest son is a bit eclectic. He has never run with the “in” crowd. He thinks outside the box. To be honest, he amazes me, but, rarely does a day go by that he isn’t reminded by someone that he needs to “conform” ~ that he needs FIXED.
Can you imagine if, every day of your life, someone was telling you how you need to CHANGE? Sure, we should all be working to be better people, but that’s not the kind of “change” I’m talking about.
Although my son and the little girl seem to be very different from each other, and different from the “norm” of society, they BOTH simply want to be accepted as who (and what) they are.
They want to be “good enough.”
When Jesus walked the earth, He spent His time with the “outcasts” of society. He spent His time loving those that everyone else viewed as “sinful.” He not only healed many physically, but He healed their souls as He “told” them by his actions towards them (His acceptance OF them), that they were “good enough.”
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” [Matthew 25:40]
Notice the word LEAST. [NOTE: “elect” and “least” are antonyms (opposite), not synonyms (same)]
What are you doing “unto the least?”
You could be the only “Christ” that some people ever see.
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