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All posts in May 21st, 2016

Part 3, May 20, 2016

It seems that one lifelong theme for me has been that everyone is the same inside, no matter how different they may appear.

The first time I remember knowing that was when I was 6 years old, in first grade at Catholic school. I don’t know that it’s anything in particular that they taught, but I do remember it. I do know that around the same time, a popular song was “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world! Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight! Jesus loves the little children of the world!” And of  course, that love continues even as we grow into adults, right?

In 12th grade History class, our teacher presented all of the lessons using physical props–the only one that I remember clearly is that he brought Cream of Tartar when talking about the Tatars (in Russia, I think?), but for our final exam, we were to present a lesson in the same way. I brought a popcorn popper and rainbow popcorn, to demonstrate that, just like the popcorn kernels were a variety of colors, on the inside they were all the same once popped–just like us, looking different but being the same. We of course ate it, just to make sure!

Today, I still and truly and fully believe that we are all human, just with different skins–physical and metaphorical. We come in a huge variety of colors, experiences, and beliefs, but we all have the same source and the same needs.

We all need to be loved above all else. We also need to love! We NEED to give. We need to contribute to the world! This, I believe, is driven by the love which we first receive from God–that it fills us to overflowing and we feel an overwhelming urge to give it away! When someone is unable or unwilling to accept the love which we offer, that is the worst rejection and can be terribly discouraging and even soul-damaging.