Unity not Uniformity.
Recently in UPH, we have been focusing on discovering our temperaments, our strengths and our weaknesses — the things that make us different. Some of us have dominant, competitive personalities and love being the centre of attention, while others are quiet, conscientious souls who would far rather be on the side-lines encouraging everyone else. Some of us are good listeners, some logical, and some creative. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We have our own quirks, habits, sense of humour and gifts and everyone has loved learning more about what makes each other tick.
As humans, we have a tendency to resent each other’s differences. Sometimes we lack patience and understanding because we don’t see eye-to-eye with the people around us. It’s easy to forget that not everyone sees the world the way that I do. People will react differently to situations than I would. More often than not we focus on how our differences are bad rather than the fact that they should be celebrated. Our individuality, our habits, our quirks are the things that make us who we are. God created us as individuals; he knitted us together and knew us before we were born.
UPH celebrates our diversity, our uniqueness, our individuality. My UPH family has taught me the importance of accepting and celebrating our differences because unity is more important that uniformity. If we were all the same we would never get anything done and life wouldn’t be as exciting. We don’t have to all think the same way, we don’t all have to dress the same, and we don’t all have to like the same things because we are part of something greater that unites us.
We are all one family in Christ. Despite our differences there should be no barriers, no divisions, and no basis for discrimination. Being united with Christ means that we are to treat each other as family members — there are no outsiders in the Kingdom of God.
The beauty of the gospel is that Jesus brings us together despite our how different we all are. He brings together the weak, the broken, the angry, the proud, the humble, the gracious and through his sacrifice unites the most unlikely of people from all walks of life.