As Hanukkah approaches, and the lights of Christmas surround us, I began thinking of two things: the amazing qualities of colour and light and how we can make our failures into successes. I suppose some of us have had one, or the other or both this last year.
Some people are incapable of loving, respecting and honouring others because they find no quality in themselves to love.
Some people love, respect and honour others because they see qualities in them that they admire and believe they can never reach.
Some people just respect others and admire them because they have attributes that they feel they want themselves.
Some people love others because they see all of us as the same.
We all have faults and have said and done things we regret, and sometimes these misdemeanours, even though they are part of our human natures, are looked at negatively. But what if they weren’t negative, but positive attributes that are with us simply to make us better and more caring people.
The Bible tells us that God has no favourites and despite the fact that we all have different talents and tasks to do in the Kingdom of God, we do them because it is our obligated worship. Despite our hang-ups and personal belief that we are incapable of truly giving ourselves in love to God and each other, the power of His love is what shines through us and changes us. We cannot love or forgive in our own understanding the way He wants it to be manifest in this world. Our need for Him, highlights the fact that we lost Him when man fell from His grace in the Garden of Eden. As a result He made us interdependent on each other and dependent on Him. For if we are truly His, we have no choice.
Isaiah 43:21 “The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise.
When we struggle with acknowledging the love of God for us we persuade ourselves that God might love someone more than me, we are in fact doubting God. In this we are echoing the original sin of those first human beings. We seriously need to repent of this action. When we do, God will restore us and we will realise the extent of His great love for us. We must also realise that we cannot love God and not love each other or ourselves.
In understanding this great love for us, we realise who we are and what we will become as part of our future hope.
Imagine if colours could think.
Blue was feeling a little down when Yellow came up and asked what was the matter: Blue says to Yellow, “I wish I could be like you. You are always bright and all your shades cast warmth and brightness around, making everyone healthy and happy. But when I look at myself I find my shades are often cool, or moody. I can be as blue as a cloudless sky, deep as an ocean or as dark as space.”
Yellow looked at Blue, and said, “Let me give you a hug.” “That would be nice,” said Blue. And so the two gave each other a hug. Suddenly a beautiful shade of green appeared.
The moral is that we should stop looking at our differences and look at what we can become when we come together. The Bible teaches that we should love one another as ourselves. It is part of the Royal Command, reiterated to us by Yeshua:
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the LORD.
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 strength.
When we don’t act in love our differences divide us instead of enhancing us and equipping us to build something beautiful. God’s law might seem difficult and complex, and as some argue, changeable and irrelevant to us in the 21st Century. So we have tried to wipe them out because they highlight our faults. In fact, they exist so that we can become better. Without them, we will always feel inadequate, unloveable and worthless. We use our bad experiences to hold us back by using them as excuses not to progress. We use failure as an excuse, believing that we cannot succeed in anything and are just useless.
I learned something the other day. Some people find it really difficult to sit tests and believe that they won’t do well. I don’t like tests! The way to succeed in the test is to look at the time allotment, and go through the questions – easy ones first, then the medium ones and then leave the hardest till last. You will find that you will have more time left on the harder ones and thus pressure decreases and success is the result.
We should apply this pattern to ourselves. We have a lifetime to change. The hardest things will take the longest. The simplest will change quickly and you will get better at them each day.
But what challenges us the most in God’s commandments is actually to love ourselves as God sees us and to love others as God sees them. We make the change by using our faults as positive signs for change, betterment, and growth.
God created a rainbow of amazing light emitting colours. As they join together in their spectrum, amazing qualities are revealed. There are more colours than we can see. When we mix them together we make white light, the brightest of all.
Remember, God chooses us, we don’t choose Him. He knows us better than we know ourselves. And if He says we can succeed in all things, we should believe that all things are possible for those who believe.
Remember too, that the things we find the most precious are found in the deepest darkest places on earth. And more value is added to them when we decide to put in a little investment and hard work in bringing them out.