We are all different and don’t walk lockstep in God’s creation. It’s like the rays from the Sun. They all bring out the Sun’s qualities, but in different hues, they are individuals in their growth but work together to create light for us. They take turns burning bright but are all dependent on the same source for their existence. It is the same with you and I and all God’s children, we need to work together to make God’s creation burn bright. “. . .now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:8
If the Sun set forth only one ray of light, our world would be dark. I know there are thousands out there working to brighten God’s creation, but we need millions or even billions to succeed. Right now, we’re only a thousand points of light. George H.W. Bush, in his acceptance speech, referred to a “1,000 points of light, in a broad and peaceful sky.” that symbolizes America’s diversity. I would make that human diversity.
Our differences are what make us wonderful, but they should not separate us; they should bring us together. We need to take turns burning bright. Look at all the great scientists of the world, they all burned bright at different times, with various discoveries, and they all support one another.
We all have our mix of talents, strength, and interests, our own way of feeling safe and protected. We need to recognize this in others and help them hone their interests, not ours. If you are an artist, you certainly don’t want someone teaching you auto mechanics. This is especially important for our children. Don’t try to tell them what they should do. Help them discover their interests and encourage them in ways to enhance them.
When you do this with people in your life, it is incredible the close relationships that come from it. “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; …” (Rom. 12:10)
“Ill-arranged notes produce discord. Tones of the human mind may be different, but they should be concordant in order to blend properly. Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, – these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 58:5)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)