I'm continually grateful that people are so vastly different from each other. One thing I've been finding comfort in: everyone does NOT think the same way that I do. For example, maybe you feel embarrassed tripping on stage because you always feel embarrassed and awkward for others when they trip on stage. Maybe you feel you have to buy extravagant gifts for friends and family because that is what you, in fact, expect from others. Or maybe you don't press into a hard or difficult topic with a friend because you think you'll make it worse or they won't want to talk about it, when actually, you're the one who doesn't want to talk about it.
Thankfully, everyone does not think the same way that you do. I've found that when there's a certain way I think or feel negatively about a situation with another person, it often isn't a reality for him or her. I've found people in all sorts of different places who have effortlessly replaced shame in their own lives and in others' with grace, fear with joy and perseverance, or tension and worry with peace simply because that's how they were created. Looks like God knew what he was doing when he placed a wide variance of gifts and weaknesses in all of us and then set us loose to do life together and help each other in whatever ways we can. We each have bits of light inside, in a different way for each person, that can touch a dark part inside of another. We trade light back and forth. It's really a beautiful set up.
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