– Editor’s Note:
I thought Pastor Sylvia Peterson’s column this week so exceptional, brilliantly articulated and poignant that I asked her if I could publish an excerpt today to share with Yelm Community Blog readers.
– “Today’s Misjudgments May Look Silly Tomorrow”
By Pastor Sylvia Peterson, co-pastor for Bald Hill Community Church,
used with permission of author.
“There is only one area in the Universe where God has voluntarily limited His omnipotence– in the area of our will. He won’t violate our ability to choose whether or not we want to be amazed by Him. God offers us many good things, but He won’t force us to accept them. The choice is always ours.”
“When it comes to the things of God, we should be careful about the familiarity that leads to misjudgments. It’s easy to get into the rut of perceiving people as they were and not as they are. We see only what we want to see and don’t take time to discover why God has placed them in our lives.
“Like Jesus, the place where that happens to most of us is in our families and the community where we choose to reside.
“It’s an unfortunate truth that we live in a culture that values well-articulated disdain, especially toward people we think are different from us. We forget that everyone is different from us, and each has a life-purpose that is unique and amazing. It isn’t our familiarity that blesses us; it’s the beauty of our God-ordained diversity.”