I typed in the world “normal” into my e-bible and nothing came up! The King James Version I mean and it seriously got me thinking. The word normal is from the Latin word Norma meaning the rule. It is an adjective used to describe a usual situation that we are aware of. But then one person’s usual would be different from another person’s usual since we are all exposed to different situations and circumstances per time which makes normal for me different from the normal for you right. And if that is the case, then there really isn’t anything like “normal” but just that things and people are just “different”. Normal then is a box, a lie that makes different “abnormal”.
I hope I didn’t lose you in there. Abnormal also used interchangeably with unusual means something or someone unexpected especially in a way of causing alarm or anxiety – not me but the dictionary. If normal is conformity to a set of rules then abnormal is not conforming to the set of rules, rules made by man. People who are not like our usual cause alarm and anxiety so we box them up as unusual/abnormal and treat them as such. But then there really can be no 2 “individuals” that are similar if the word individual continues to mean “specific, distinct and separate”.
My point exactly then is that we are all just different. Some in small ways and others in a shocking way. People not like us are not abnormal, they are just different and we should learn to see them as that. Is he blind? Different. Has he been without limbs? Different. He can do that? Different. She is not like that, different. When we see ourselves as just different, we learn to appreciate peoples “normal” which greatly indicates their strengths or perhaps I should say their gifts or talents that may not be so obvious to an outsider since it is not our “normal”.
Jesus in Matthew 25:14-30 talks about the kingdom of heaven using an illustration of a man who was travelling to a far country and gave “talents” to his servants “every man according to his ability”. If we take the time to appreciate the differences in people we would marvel at the abilities they have been given by virtue of their difference. And when the scripture speaks of abilities here remember that whatever we may think we have is from God and not of ourselves. 2 Corinthians 3:5, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” and that same 2 Corinthians 4:7 says “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us”.
Related: Self-confidence is not of God.
Finally, Romans 12:6 says we have “gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us” and 1 Corinthians 12:4 says that “there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit” we should learn to appreciate each other,our differences no matter how subtle or shocking they may be. With this, we shall be able to love every one of our neighbors in deed. I have feeling, a premonition that you, yes you and I would need this to love like Jesus does from now henceforth.
I love you and I know you are just different from me!
Have a blessed week!