Jan 11 – Being Represented Matters

3:11 –  Being Represented Matters

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Today was the central Illinois Girl Scout Cookie Rally. Hundreds of girl scouts learning about cookies, playing, and having fun. While I was in the gift shop, one of the few dads there was looking at hoodies that said “Girl Scout Mom”. He said where are the ones that say Girl Scout Dad. We chuckled about it and he said he should tape over Mom and write Dad. He didn’t feel represented as a Dad and he may have been a leader like me. Sure it is girl scouts, but having other merchandise to show you are welcomed is important.

In life, if we don’t see people who look/act/behave like us, we may not feel that we are represented or that we belong. We need to look for ways to make everyone, including ourselves feel represented, important, and counted.

Scripture
  • So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‚ÄúTruly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.- Acts 10:34-35
  • There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 6:28
Reflection

God’s people come from all walks of life. God himself shows no partiality to one vs another. All those that love Christ are saved and not distinguished by where they came from.

As people, we see and hang on differences rather than looking for what is common. If we dont see anyone who looks, acts, talks, or behaves like us, it’s hard to feel part of the group.

We need to find ways to help others feel counted, represented, and wanted. This doesnt mean giving up our beliefs, but rather helping find ways to share our beliefs in ways they can understand.

Maybe it’s a Girl Scout Dad Shirt, but being counted and represented is what helps us all feel part of the group.

Challenge

What can you do help others feel counted? Can you make sure others are represented and invited? Take a couple of minutes to see what you can do.

Prayers

Lord, your people are all very different. We have so many strengths to bring to you. Help us find ways to make sure everyone feels counted, represented, and important. Give us the vision to speak and act with a voice of inclusion. We want everyone to know your love and having them feel part of your family. In your name, Amen.

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