Differences Matter

The eclectic. It’s what enhances flavor. It’s what generates strength. It’s what produces loveliness.

Chili requires different kinds of beans and other ingredients to make it amazing. 

Grammy award–winning choirs are composed of singers with a mix of vocal ranges. 

Gorgeous Autumn displays require a glorious array of colors.

Top concert bands feature a variety of brass, wind, string and percussion instruments.

The best football teams have tall, lanky players; shorter, quicker ones; and heavier, stronger guys. 

Prize-winning gardens display many colors, shades, heights, and textures.

The United States of America grew to be a rich, powerful country by meshing together a variety of cultures, landscapes, food sources, religions, education, status, and abilities.

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The importance of having variety isn’t an accident. The Creator planned the universe to work that way. Sameness could have been His main ingredient had He so desired. But He apparently wanted differences, even opposites: 

  • The Lord didn’t just create the heavens; He created “the heavens and the earth.”
  • God didn’t just stick with darkness; He said, “’Let there be light,’ and there was light,” night and day.
  • Abba Father didn’t just leave water to cover everything; He created the sky to separate the waters.
  • The great I AM didn’t just rest w/ lifeless space; He created land and vegetation to grow on it. 
  • The King didn’t just quit with vast expanses of light running into vast expanses of dark; He created the sun and moon and stars.
  • The Holy One didn’t just leave the sky, land, and waters sterile and empty; He created birds and fish and every kind of land animal to fill them. 
  • Father God didn’t just end w/ the creation of life; He “created mankind in his own image.”

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

And within mankind, the Lord created a vast array of uniqueness. There are those who are short, tall, intelligent, simple, slow, fast, slim, heavier, physically weak, muscular, dark-skinned, light-colored. 

There is you, and there is me. Each with different looks, mannerisms, and aptitudes, but each equally valuable. Our sameness looks inviting on the surface, but deep down it’s the differences that matter most. The differences allow us to work together as a stronger ONE. 

I’ve always enjoyed being around those with similarities, but over the past decade I’ve been learning to celebrate our differences. Because together, our differences create incredible beauty and power.

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. … If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body.”—1 Corinthians 12:13, 17–20)

Reflections: What’s one difference you appreciate within your family? 

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Linking with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience in 2013 with my Joy Dare list  for Multitude Mondays (#1830–1850, read the entire list by clicking here):

  • Crickets chirping on warm night (yes, Sherri, be thankful even for crickets :); Rach’s luv of the moon; Mystery of grace
  • My girly ducking her head completely under in swim lessons; Perfect evening under a clear sky; Homegrown strawberries
  • Inspired by friends recovering from a car accident; My brother’s help w/ my camera #lovefamily; Warm soak for sore back
  • Enjoying the blessing of Daniel for 19 yrs today; Rach’s 1st real float–during swim lessons&facedown!; Everyday lessons
  • Preparing cinnamon rolls for morning breakfast; Minimal damage from the morning storm; Always reasons to be joyful
  • A home that sits on high ground; Birthday dinner for my oldest; Summer heat 
  • Ripe mulberries; Differences; Experimental bike ride w/ newly resurrected tandem trike (now if Rach would only peddle)

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8 comments on “Differences Matter
  1. My husband and I are very different (makes our marriage very exciting), but I’m glad we’re the same in one special way, we both love the Lord! I can live with his golf, and he can live with my writing binges.We both love sushi and we both love the outdoors. I think I’ll keep him. 🙂

    P.S. You’ve been added to my Lite Living blogroll at https://MarisaShadrick.com
    Blessings and big cyber hug! Marisa

    • Julie Sunne says:

      It’s wonderful when we recognize the richness differences bring to relationships (and foods and art, etc.), Marisa. Sounds like you and your husband have figured this marriage thing out pretty well. I am honored to be included in your blogroll. You have an inspiring site.

  2. Among many family differences, I appreciate the artistic abilities of my oldest daughter. It’s awe inspiring to hear her play music or draw horses. Here’s a sample…

  3. Sherri Birkett says:

    As long as they are not chirping in the closet in my bedroom in the middle of the night.

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