I have very little fear in discussing who I am and what I believe in. I know I may not have all of my same thoughts and beliefs as the years go on. I have changed quite a bit in the last year alone. I’m confident in most areas, and I’m still striving for truth in plenty of other areas, but what does this mean for you?
If I disagree with you, I still love you.
If I disagree with you, your thoughts are still valuable.
If I disagree with you, I’m no better than you are.
If I disagree with you, I still want to talk openly with you.
If I disagree with you, your knowledge might help me grow.
If I disagree with you, I will still listen.
If I disagree with you, I’m not judging you.
If I disagree with you, I don’t think you’re bad.
If I disagree with you, I hope you’ll listen to me.
If I disagree with you, I still want to be friends.
If I disagree with you, I respect you.
If I disagree with you, it is worth talking it out.
If I disagree with you, my thoughts are not superior.
This is an everyday part of our lives, being different and disagreeing with one another. I’ve met people in my life who pride themselves on being different but couldn’t get along with those who didn’t have the same points of view. Sort of defeats the purpose, right? Our culture has a beautiful thing going for it, in the sense that there are so many different minds walking the earth… walking with in arms lengths. Embrace it and listen. It is okay to have different beliefs. Your job is to listen, evaluate, and make a decision for yourself. That decision you made is entirely for you, you cannot make it for anyone else. You can talk about your decision to believe what you believe without being hateful to anyone else.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Our children need to know this so they can walk confidently next to those who disagree with them. Our children need to see us, the adults, acting and talking about others in this way. It all starts at home. This. This is a top priority when it comes to instilling values in my children, and though I cannot make them believe it, I can show them why I believe in the goodness written above.