There was a time, not too long ago, when I would reread that verse and say in prayer, “Dude, You have got to be kidding me.” Because how could I do anything without grumbling? I was so hurt. I felt so used and betrayed.
Allowing God to shine through you is something supernatural that happens naturally, when you’re looking at life through Heaven’s eyes. As people, we get our feelings hurt. We like to place other people into social molds, here on Earth. We need measurement and approval to know worth and value. As children of God, we know our Worth, and that forgiveness, healing, and salvation is equally available to everyone. That being said, as children of God, we don’t have to live in fear of being sized up according to our physical limitations, or of where we live, what we drive, what we do to pay the bills, how we’re dressed, and we don’t have to live in fear of loving others – no matter their social status or limitations. Love is given to us equally. To give love equally, we just have to be a little brave, and see beyond what the world sees. It’s OK to do that.
Don’t worry. Every now and then, you’re still going to get hurt and disappointed. People will still not trust you, and occasionally will act out in ways that remind us of our differences, but we’re still all loved equally.