“As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.” ~ Robert Harold Schuller …
Each one of us holds an individual uniqueness, a divine fingerprint bestowed upon us from our Creator. And this wondrous quality, being not of man, empowers us beyond the reach of all other worldly creatures, to use our time here on Earth, and all our talents and abilities, in any way we so choose. But to come to fully respect this divine uniqueness in others, we must first come to embrace, understand, and grow in our own.
As humans, we like to judge, to criticize, and to apply names and labels to people. Such actions give us a sense of importance, a sense of righteousness. But it is false. We are by definition already important… and righteousness comes only from within.
By recognizing when we are criticizing and judging others based on their actions and opinions, we truly learn to respect the individual selfhood of others. After all, it is not fair for us to do so–we do not know them or the motives and sources of their actions and opinions. Instead, we are called to accept others as they are without trying to change them and without applying discrimination or blame to them in any way.
This awareness is formed by growing more comfortable with our self–with who we are as a person. When we are able to mature in such a way, it becomes much easier to accept others uniqueness as well. It seems that the more in touch with our own authentic self we become, and the more we allow that self to show, the less we feel the need to criticize others just because they have done something we do not agree with. In addition, we find that we are better able to recognize the differences between others and ourselves. We might even gain a respect for their individual personhood even when their ideas and opinions conflict with our own.
I wish to grow as a unique person, not only because that is what I am called to do in life, but also because, as I do, I will grow in the ability to treat others with much more dignity and respect. Perhaps I will more readily come to see the divinity within others… and that to me is beautiful.
Look for the divine personhood within others.
Questions to consider:
How often do you respect the uniqueness of others? Why can it be difficult to do so at times?
What might you need to do in order to better allow yourself to grow as a unique person?
What are some positive results of respecting the uniqueness of others?
For further thought:
“Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt