After gathering carrots from the garden one rainy August day, I placed them under cool running water in the kitchen sink and began to scrub them clean with my old, stiff veggie brush. A thought occurred to me in that moment…
Have you ever paid attention to how all the carrots in the grocery store look so long, straight, and perfect? That’s not the way they all look when they are harvested.
When I pull them up in my garden, they all look unique: different sizes, different shapes, different colors.
I’m sure this happens with part of the carrots in commercial farms. We just never see the unusual ones because, even though they taste exactly the same, the imperfectly-shaped carrots are rejected from grocery shipments and are ground into pet foods or used for other purposes. Either that, or they are trimmed into matching shapes and sizes to be sold as “baby-cut carrots.”
I realized then that the uniqueness of carrots could be applied to people, as well.
Society may use advertising and peer pressure to try to convince us to strive for a certain ideal in our appearance or lifestyle — to fit the mold of what is considered “normal” or “perfect.” Yet, the reality is that we are all unique in our appearance, physically and socially.
Unlike the misshapen carrots, we must never reject people that don’t fit our ideal of physical or social perfection; and we must never try to force them into matching our personal standards.
If we do not all look like Ken and Barbie dolls with the perfect figure and features, perfect skin and hair, perfect height and weight, perfect speech and mannerisms, perfect wealth and status, it doesn’t matter because the reality is that on the inside…
we all taste the same.
Oh, wait…maybe I’m mixing my metaphors…but you get the point, right?
One of the scribes … asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.“
Do you see what I mean? The scripture says “love your neighbor as yourself,” not “make your neighbor into yourself.”
Thanks for reading, and have a great day! Now get out there and show some love!
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Let brotherly love continue.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
~1 John 3:18
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one who loves is born of God, and knows God.
~1 John 4:7