Virtue of the Month – May – Acceptance
This month we will celebrate the virtue of Acceptance.
One of the great wonders of the world we live in is that no two people are exactly alike. We may share biological families or national identity or cultural and ethnic identity but we are all very unique and distinct creations. God breaks the mold every time! And that is a fantastic fact of life!
It can also be a challenging fact of life if it makes us afraid. Sometimes differences are scary – especially if we haven't learned about or don't understand how people are different.
The virtue of acceptance describes our ability to look at the attitudes and actions of those around us and then just stop and consider without judging them. The virtue of acceptance means that we look beyond what we see – a person's skin colour, ethnic background, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and see a person created and loved by Good.
It's especially important for us to stop and think if what we are made uncomfortable by seeing or hearing others act differently then we might choose to act.
An accepting person . . .
- Is friendly and open to all God's people, regardless of age, beliefs, gender, culture or ability
- See the positive traits in all people even if s/he disagrees with them
- Avoids judging or stereotyping others
- Understands that there may be more than one way to do things
- Sticks up for the "underdog"