Different, Yet the Same

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I want you to take a look at the two rocks in the picture above. Notice the one on the right is smooth, shiny, easy to hold, and without sharp edges. To some, this rock may be more attractive. The rock on the left, however, is jagged. It’s rough. It’s edges are not smooth, but pointy. It is not easy to grasp, and many folks would not pick this rock up at all.

The two are vastly different, yet the same.

Now, let’s imagine these rocks are people. The smooth rock. We will call this one the positive people. These are the folks who can look at any situation in life and put a bright, shiny spin on it. These are the people we pick up when we are blue and need a word of encouragement. These are the “rocks” we pick up when we need to be reminded of the positives. We need smooth rocks in our lives.

However, the rough rock; the one that is sometimes neglected and tossed away-you need these rough “rocks” too. These people are the ones who wear the scars of life on the outside, who have been hardened and made tough by the circumstances in their lives. These are the no nonsense “rocks.” You need these rocks when you want the truth (spoken in love, of course). You need these rocks when nothing is really OK. When you want someone to tell you that it most certainly is NOT OK. That life is hard. That life is tough, but there is hope. You need these “rocks” when you need a voice, an advocate.

Different, yet still the same.

From one man He created all the nations of the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. Acts 17:26

Just as God formed each rock to look different-some smooth, and some not so-he formed us in the same way. Some of us, like me, were made with rough edges. This toughness allowed me to navigate the streets of a not-so-nice neighborhood, to survive a teenage pregnancy, and to be strong and protect a younger brother. He also toughened me for the ministry to which he would eventually call me.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

They may look different, speak differently, and act differently; and their purpose and calling may be different, but each “rock” is a reflection of His image. Made to fulfill His purposes. Made to bring people to Christ and salvation, whether it is through the roughest of circumstances or the smoothest of waters.

You need rough “rocks” to advocate against the bullies that wait for you at the bus stop. To talk you down from the ledge when you feel like your world is falling apart. You need rough “rocks” who know the hardships of the legal system to help another sibling who has found themselves in deep you know what. But, you also need smooth “rocks.” To tell you you’re important when the bullies don’t. To hug you while you cry about your poor choices. To tell you: “It’s going to be OK. Life is hard. Life is tough, but there is hope.”

Different, yet still the same.

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