logo

Blogs

“Diff’rent Strokes”
Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Barbara Higby

Classic Summer Rewrites

Now, the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum
What might be right for you, may not be right for some…
It takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world

Everybody’s got a special kind of story
Everybody finds a way to shine….
Because it takes, Diff’rent Strokes to move the world

Rewrite: Why is it so hard to accept there are different strokes for different folks?

This sitcom smacked of fairy tale pretension, but it’s a fairy tale I would like to live. Ethnic, cultural, and age disparities were negotiated with love. Differences and misunderstandings were worked out with patience and concessions. It was hard, but the fairy tale made it work. Oh, that we could screen-write today’s crises, edit the script, and delete intolerance in the family of Christ.

I’m convinced this will not be our full experience on earth but the Bible tells us to strive for it.

Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7

Actually, striving to love each other is too mild a word—it’s a command.

Just as I am accepted by Christ (Selah, pause and calmly think about that…) I am to accept others. Will I receive those who are unlike me—those who have a different history, different political views, different skin tones, different nationalities? Accept means I will receive them, assent to their value, consent to their right to differ, permit their uniqueness, allow and even appreciate their dissimilarities.

As God’s children our diversity reflects the vastness of His nature and breadth of His being.

Lord, open our eyes to see you in our brothers and sisters—may we embrace one another with your love.

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith… There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26, 28


Previous Posts

Be Strong and Courageous—Even when Opposed
Barbara
9/22/2022

Be Strong and Courageous—You’re not Alone
Barbara
9/15/2022

Be Strong and Courageous—and Obey
Barbara
9/8/2022

Be Strong and Courageous—and Lead
Barbara
9/1/2022

I Love Ps
Barbara
8/25/2022

The Poetic Psalms
Barbara
8/18/2022

Parks
Barbara
8/11/2022

Provisions
Barbara
8/4/2022

Pretty Things
Barbara
7/28/2022

Purpose
Barbara
7/21/2022

Places
Barbara
7/14/2022

Places
Barbara
7/14/2022

People
Barbara
7/7/2022

What I Like about Summer
Barbara
6/23/2022

Retirement?
Barbara
6/16/2022

Pause to Ponder your Body
Barbara
6/9/2022

Ponder the River
Barbara
6/2/2022

Ponder God’s Unseen Answers
Barbara
5/26/2022

Pause & Ponder… God
Barbara
5/19/2022

Pause in the Chaos
Barbara
5/12/2022

Pondering about Prayer
Barbara
5/5/2022

Pause to Look Behind You
Barbara
4/28/2022

Pondering Prosperity
Barbara
4/21/2022

I Love Spring
Barbara
3/31/2022

A FULL Heart
Barbara
3/17/2022

Prayer-FULL in 2022
Barbara
3/10/2022

Grace-FULL in 2022
Barbara
2/24/2022

Joy-FULL in 2022
Barbara
2/17/2022

Mercy-FULL in 2022
Barbara
2/10/2022

Hope-FULL in 2022
Barbara
2/3/2022

Mind-FULL in 2022
Barbara
1/27/2022

Peace-FULL in 2022
Barbara
1/20/2022

Thank-FULL in 2022
Barbara
1/13/2022

What Will You Do Better Next Year?
Barbara
12/30/2021

“Do not be afraid.”
Barbara
12/23/2021

“Do not be afraid, Shepherd.”
Barbara
12/16/2021

“Do not be afraid, Joseph.”
Barbara
12/8/2021

“Do not be afraid, Mary.”
Barbara
12/2/2021

Happy Thanksgiving
Barbara
11/25/2021

What delights your senses?
Barbara
11/18/2021

What moves your feet?
Barbara
11/11/2021

What thrills your heart?
Barbara
11/4/2021

Pre-Thanks Giving #1
Barbara
10/28/2021

I Love Fall
Barbara
10/21/2021

Unexpected Delight
Barbara
10/14/2021

Unopened Boxes
Barbara
10/7/2021

Unforeseen Obstacles
Barbara
9/30/2021

Uncomplicated Living
Barbara
9/23/2021

Uncluttered Closets
Barbara
9/16/2021

summeR
Barbara
7/22/2021

summEr
Barbara
7/15/2021

suMMer
Barbara
7/8/2021

sUmmer
Barbara
7/1/2021

S_ummer
Barbara Higby
6/17/2021

I Love Ts
Barbara Higby
6/10/2021

Worship is Endless
Barbara Higby
6/3/2021

Worship is Exclusive
Barbara Higby
5/27/2021

Worship is Elimination
Barbara Higby
5/20/2021

Worship is Expectation
Barbara Higby
5/13/2021

Worship is Engagement
Barbara Higby
5/12/2021

Worship is Entrance
Barbara Higby
4/29/2021

The Afterlife (?)
Barbara Higby
4/15/2021

I Love Spring
Barbara Higby
4/8/2021

Unspoken
Barbara Higby
4/1/2021

Undivided
Barbara Higby
3/25/2021

Undimmed
Barbara Higby
3/18/2021

Unconcealed
Barbara Higby
3/11/2021

Unwrinkled
Barbara Higby
3/4/2021

Uncomplicated
Barbara Higby
2/25/2021

A New Heaven & Earth
Barbara Higby
2/18/2021

A New Command: Love
Barbara Higby
2/11/2021

A New Unity
Barbara Higby
2/4/2021

A New Song
Barbara Higby
1/28/2021

I’m New!
Barbara Higby
1/21/2021

What’s new (beside the year)?
Barbara Higby
1/14/2021

My word for the year
Barbara Higby
1/7/2021

Do you choose a word for the year?
Barbara Higby
1/4/2021

And His name will be… Prince of Peace
Barbara Higby
12/24/2020

And His name will be… Everlasting Father
Barbara Higby
12/18/2020

And His name will be… Mighty God
Barbara Higby
12/10/2020

And His name will be… Wonderful Counselor
Barbara Higby
12/4/2020

Thanks Giving #4
Barbara Higby
11/26/2020

Thanks Giving #3
Barbara Higby
11/20/2020

Thanks Giving #2
Barbara Higby
11/12/2020

Thanks Giving
Barbara Higby
11/5/2020

I Love Fall
Barbara Higby
10/29/2020

Small part, great power: E—Exercise
Barbara Higby
10/22/2020

Small part, great power: U—Utter Wisdom
Barbara Higby
10/15/2020

Small part, great power: G—Glorify God
Barbara Higby
10/8/2020

Small part, great power: N—No negativity
Barbara Higby
10/1/2020

Small part, great power: O—Offer
Barbara Higby
9/24/2020

Small part, great boasts: T
Barbara Higby
9/17/2020

“Diff’rent Strokes”
Barbara Higby
9/3/2020

“Get Smart”
Barbara Higby
8/27/2020

“Father Knows Best”
Barbara Higby
8/20/2020

“The A-Team”
Barbara Higby
8/13/2020

“To Tell the Truth”
Barbara Higby
8/6/2020

“Charles in Charge”
Barbara Higby
7/30/2020

“Gilligan’s Island”
Barbara Higby
7/23/2020

“Happy Days”
Barbara Higby
7/16/2020

I Love Blue
Barbara Higby
7/9/2020

Eternity Unfathomed
Barbara Higby
7/2/2020

Compassion Undeserved
Barbara Higby
6/25/2020

Acceptance Unearned
Barbara Higby
6/18/2020

Rescue Unmerited
Barbara Higby
6/11/2020

Goodness Unmatched
Barbara Higby
6/4/2020