knee jerk reaction

in my life (and actually, in almost everybody’s life) I deal with a diversity of people.. all kinds of people, from different backgrounds and different ethnicities, with different personalities.. each with a story of how they got to be where they are, and how they’re in my life now, even for a moment.. for many people it seems, people are treated as inanimate objects and used to get something done, there really isn’t a desire to get to know people for who they are- that is, they are people.. with feelings and desires, and an innate yearning to connect with others.. I was just thinking, boy, when was the last time I saw a gas station attendant, or a bank teller? I don’t see people at those places any more, with the advent of credit card swipes and ATM machines.. the opportunities to interact with real life human beings.. and when it comes to personal relationships, many people only allow certain types of people to get close to them, whether it’s similar hobbies and interests or similar personalities or similar backgrounds, and they automatically shun those who may look different or think different.. that’s such a travesty, and it’s something I’m guarding myself against, not to have a knee jerk reaction to people who I’m relating with in everyday life.. of course people are different, every single one, with unique stories and unique fingerprints.. if I waited until I met someone that I “click” with to open up, I’d be a very lonely person for a very long time.. instead, I am persuaded that we all have much in common, as we have been created in the image of God, and are part of the one race, the human race.. we all have the innate desire to connect with one another, to belong and to become, and ultimately to connect with our Creator God

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