Acceptance

My little dog Itsy is an odd dog. She is to skinny, her hair is all scraggly and not pretty, her eyes are literally deformed, she has extra toes, and well she behaves well weird. My dog Itsy is very far from being the “perfect” dog. I mean think about if you tried to put her in a dog show. She would be a laughing stock. She is not dog show material. Yet I accept my little Itsy as she is and I love her in all her oddities.

I think acceptance is something all humans desire and long for. To know you are loved and accepted as you are. I myself very much associated being loved with being accepted. Similarly part of loving myself has been accepting myself. Although we as humans all long for and need acceptance there is a difference between accepting someone and tolerating sin.

I accept my dog Itsy as she is but I do not tolerate her to run in the middle of the street. I accept my dog Itsy but I do not allow her to harm my other dog. We as humans are similar. We can accept someone but also realize that true love of that person means we do not tolerate sin or cause them harm.

All people are a work in progress. Myself included. God has a way of working in our lives, molding us and purifying us removing sin as we mature in Christ. So often I encounter people that tolerate sin but do not accept the person. It seems so backward. We as humans often care about and focus on the wrong things. For what matters more? Winning the dog show or being a dog that brings joy, hope, peace, and love to others. Itsy may never win a dog show but she is one of the best dogs I have ever had. She is incredibly gifted in her own way.

I would rather be Itsy an odd little duck then win the dog show. Similarly I would rather be someone accepting and loving others as they are than someone rejecting someone for something that does not matter while tolerating sin which does indeed matter. But we often get things backwards. For we are easily confused between the two. May the lord open our eyes.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:5-7

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