Short Bus Insights: Unique…Just Like Everyone Else

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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There is a game that is played at least three out of the five days I drive the pre-school students home.  It does not have a formal name, but I like to refer to it as Unique? I Think Not.  This is how the game goes: One person will say the following: “Raise your hand if you like…” they will place whatever they want after the phrase and the rest of the students will respond immediately by either raising their hands or not.  I know…quite the complex game.

What makes this game extra special on my bus route is that hands are not raised immediately after the phrase is spoken.  No, the students will pause, look at each other, determine whether it is acceptable to raise their hand, see if others are raising their hand, then proceed with the acknowledging of “Yes, I do like…” by the raising of their hand.

A game that seems to be geared toward uniqueness is actually geared toward fitting in.  When a student begins to raise their hand and notices others did not raise theirs, they quickly put their hand down hoping that no one saw them almost commit a horrific crime.

Where does this come from at such an early age?  Has this mindset been taught?  Are we supposed to all like the same things?

Of course we are supposed to celebrate our differences.  Thankfully people like different things.  It is good that food is not all the same.  It is good that every book does not contain the same story line, characters, and endings.  These are good things.  So why do the pre-school students on my bus ostracize others for being different?

I believe it goes to the ultimate, universal desire to be accepted in a group.  Every person desires to be in a relationship.  They want friends, companions, people they can talk with.  Why else would solitary confinement be punishment to those already in prison?

When we want acceptance, we seek acceptance.  We are born into the world and so the first kind of acceptance we look to is worldly acceptance.  This acceptance proves futile and failing.  It does not last.  Even if it lasts a lifetime, what becomes of it after that?

Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

The world has no lasting, ever faithful relationship to offer.  That is why many cling to bad relationships.  Hurtful friends.  They simply seek acceptance wherever it can be found.

But, as always, there is hope.  A hope…a confidence in One who never fails, never leaves, never stops.

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous.  Do not fear or be in dread, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.  He will not leave you or forsake you.”

God celebrates our differences.  He enjoys them because he hopes in the one thing that brings everyone together, a faith in Jesus Christ.

We do not need to fit in or change to come to God.  Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  When we come to God, he changes us.  He will celebrate our differences and use them to reach others in ways no one else can.

Unique, yes, and connected to others who are unique.  We are connected through Christ.

I charge you therefore, to celebrate the differences.  To let God wean you from the ways of the world.  To fall in line with others that are different.  To not focus or highlight the differences, but sing praises to the One who brings us all together.

Revelation 15:4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

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