Coexistence Vs. Ignorance : A Reminder This Holiday Season

Coexistence Vs. Ignorance : A Reminder This Holiday Season

Practice living in harmony, peace and unity.

The holiday season is in full gear with festive decorations, repetitive radio songs, and cheesy commercials all showcasing this season’s spirit. Maybe to some, the reason for the season means spending time with friends and family. For others, the holidays’ central focus could be the religious reason behind the décor, songs, and presents. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to take time to determine that although everyone has specific reasons to celebrate the holiday, it is crucial to not let borders between the reasons of celebrating come into place when celebrating this seasons' holidays.

In my one of my literature classes, my fellow university students and I have been given the opportunity to examine and critique the “borders” set up in society and the world around us. We have gotten into deep discussions surrounding the questions “why do we create these borders?”, “why are they so necessary in society?” and “what is the real reason we feel the need to create not just physical, geological borders, but borders in our identity and others as well?” After consideration, I believe that this holiday season, it is important to understand these questions raise a certain debate in regard to religion. While organized religion holds a place of wonderful congregation, a family and moral set of standards for some people, I think that it is also important to regard and think crucially about the borders it can create in regard to everyone’s perception of identity. It is important to honor religion and it’s individual meaning to everyone; however, do not let the overruling sense of personal identity and fear of “others” hold a dividing factor or “border” in the world and other beautiful souls around us.

One of the ways that religion can divide us is in our search for identity. While it is important to have a strong sense of identity and belonging, one should not let that constrict them from exploring or separating themselves from people of different faiths, beliefs, or lack thereof. It is important to practice acceptance for all religions and, instead of focusing on the differences, focus on the beauty of the similarities between them. For example, the "Golden Rule" is a key practice in every faith. If people focused less on the differences and trusted that all people of empathy wish for the same thing – peace. The world truly would be a much happier, a coexisting unity for everyone – a place without borders.

In my opinion, the best way to destroy these borders is to practice acceptance. Doing so will help our society to expand their horizons and diminish ignorance. Empathy is universal, among all people. While it is important to some to keep individuality and have strong faith, do not forget to experience and explore other beliefs and religions, especially during the holiday season. Do not allow differences to distinguish friendships and oblige to ignorance – instead, coexist in celebration and unity.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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God Things Take Time

You may think you're too far behind, or too far ahead, but you are exactly where you should be.


I recently saw this poem/story by Savannah Locke. I had never heard of her until this post went viral and I was immediately in awe of her wisdom.

It takes time for things to be made perfect because everything is perfect in God's time.

Sometimes God's timeline does not match up with our own and as annoying and frustrating as it can be, we have to accept it. We measure ourselves based on society, based on friends, and based on people we don't even know and it gets us nowhere.

Compared to basically everyone I am really, really bad at math. Because of that I probably won't graduate college on time but also because I am so bad at math that also means I spend extra time working with professors, TAs, and tutors because I know that that is the only way I will be successful. All throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I was extra close with the people who taught me math because I knew I needed to be. My mom would help me practice multiplication every single morning on the way to school with flashcards because she also knew I needed extra help.

The extra time it took me, and still takes me, to even slightly pass a math class is not a bad thing. It is not a bad thing that I may not graduate college at the same time as a lot of my friends because I am taking the time I need in order to get the grade I need.

Being bad at math does not make me any less of a human. Just like being bad at English doesn't make anyone else less of a human. Some things take time and that is good.

One of my most favorite Bible stories is the one of Sarah, Abraham, and their son Isaac. Sarah was not even close to in her prime when God told Abraham that she would have a son, but because of that her womb and their son Isaac were drenched in prayer. It took time, faith, and patience for Isaac to be born and wow look at what all he did.

Now, I am not saying that my inability to do math will one day turn into me being some brilliant mathematician, but prayer and patience can turn any doubt into the most beautiful thing.

God things take time and that is perfect.

Realizing that just because you aren't where you want to be, but you are right where God needs you to be is beautiful.

You have to stop measuring yourself with the world's ruler because the Ultimate Ruler created you for a time and purpose.

You do not follow the world's calendar, you follow God's divine plan for your own life.

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