I remember watching my three sons shoot hoops almost every day when they were growing up. Often times I would catch one of them outside alone, aiming for the net – over and over. Our oldest loved going for the 3 pointers. One son loved to take on the challenge of dribbling past a sibling or a friend and taking it in for a layup. One particular son was satisfied (actually, his day was made) when he could participate in a neighborhood pick-up game.
Isn’t that the way it is in life? Some of us get a thrill when we take that long shot, while others have that competitive nature but want to take some time and come up with a strategy. And then there are those who thrive on the camaraderie of life. For them it’s not necessarily about achieving a goal, it’s about spending time with others.
It’s a shame that we can’t seem to find a way to appreciate the way God created others.
How do we get there?
A few pointers from God.
“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” Romans 14:13
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak. and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9