Once a month my mother has dinner at her home. Each month is a different theme and everyone brings a dish. It’s some really good eattin If you were to attend one of our dinners, you would walk into a room full of diversity. At times Nigerian, African American, Caucasian, Mexican and many biracial children running around playing with one another. I believe my favorite part of dinner is when we all hold hands and recite the Lord’s prayer together before eating. As I close my eyes in prayer, listening to all the different voices coming together in unity, it warms my heart.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea, that if we try and understand each other we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
I travel often, my favorite part of traveling is meeting new people, learning about their culture and trying to understand their way of life. I’ve come to learn that many things that we don’t understand we run from. I’m trying to do the opposite and run toward misunderstanding. In the hopes to understand and embrace another culture and heritage. I admit, although my family is diverse, many of my friends come from the same culture as I. However, I desire to change that. I desire to have a vast array of friends, loved ones and acquaintances. To share wisdom and life with one another.
My greatest desire is to teach my children about different cultures. I want there eyes to be open as to just how big this world really is and embrace all the diversity there is, with love. I desire for us to visit great places with deep cultural roots and beautiful sites. Learn different languages and for them to learn to understand that there is far more to the world, than just the city and state we live in.
“Don’t we all come from one Father? Aren’t we all created by the same God?…”- Malachi 2:10
The beautiful part of this world being so diverse is that we are all created from one God. How neat is that? It just shows how creative, how beautiful and how wonderful our God really is. The different shade of skin tones, the different wardrobes, the different languages and the different food. Everything good comes from God (James 1:17).
Ladies After Wisdom (L.A.W.), when was the last time you invited someone of a different culture to your table for dinner? Or held a conversation with someone who looks different than you? Or researched other cultures history to gain a better perspective and understanding of their struggles? Have you mentally walked a day in their shoes? If it’s been a while or you have yet to do that, I encourage you this Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday to open your heart, home and mind to something new. Something that could change your life or possibly even someone else. Because of your invite, someone could gain a new fresh perspective on your culture. You could enlighten them to embrace another culture in the hopes that they may continue to pass it forward.
“Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity.” Col 3:14
L.A.W., change can happen one person at a time. A simple “Hello”, a hug or handshake to someone different than you, can open your world. Can possibly even open your eyes to more understanding. Experience an adventurous life and a unique life, embracing all that God has created. Homes have been open up to me and I have made some amazing friends, that I would have never imagined. Let’s pass that along. Lets fill our dinner tables with diversity. We are to spread the Gospel. How can we do that if we don’t embrace one another differences with love? Let’s introduce many to Christ and what He has done for our lives. Let’s learn, let’s grow and gain wisdom. L.A.W., I pray for you daily. I love you. All is well =o).
Read: Hebrews 10:24-25
Affirmation: I open my eyes and heart to diversity. I embrace the beauty God has set before me.
Prayer: Father, it’s me again. I love you. I thank you and glorify you. Father, there is so much beauty all around. You have filled this world with so much to be in awe of (Gen 1:31). I have yet to see but a small fraction of this beauty. Open my eyes and heart to embrace others. With a welcoming spirit, invite many into my home and heart. Bless me Father, as I open my heart to others, that they may open their hearts to me. That they may see beyond my wardrobe, my skin color and my sex and embrace me for me.
In Jesus name, Amen