Overcoming Fear of the “Other”

While sitting at a table eating, two gentlemen joined me.  I’m black, and they’re white. There were several empty tables.  They chose my table.

They both began with “hello.”

We ate, laughed, and talked over lunch.

Lessons learned: 1. Don’t be afraid of the person who is different than you.  2. Abandon the stereotypes.  3. Take risks.  4. Be yourself.  5. Recognize and accept each others differences.

I believe we can all create a better world for our families by simply making the decision to do so.  We must desire all this and be willing take risks.

In what we call the New Testament of the Judeo-Christian Scripture, Paul of Tarsus writes,

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).

Not just tolerate, but accept one another, with all our differences–to the glory of God!

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