“Too ________”

We live in a world that is increasingly focused on such things as bullying and harassment. Whether it is at school, work, or within the family there are many different things that can and should be said about how we deal with one another. From a purely physical perspective so many people believe that there is something wrong with you if you are not just like them. However, what most of these people do not seem to realize is that everyone is “too something” in someone else’s eyes. There is not a person alive that does not, in some way, find themselves in a “too” category. Whether they are too fat or too thin; too short or too tall; too pretty or too ugly; too rich or too poor; too light or too dark; too smart or too dumb; too outgoing or too standoffish; too loud or too quiet, and on it goes ad nauseam.

While all of these superficialities are things some will point out as standards of “acceptability” and “normalcy” they all share a common thread: they identify someone as being a unique and imperfect human being – and such we all are. However, have you ever considered the categories of “too” into which nobody falls? You see, there is nobody on the face of the earth who is too loved, too kind, too righteous, too humble, too honest, too godly, too good, or too sincere. While for some people, utilization of these attributes may lead to problems because of misuse, there is no individual who has too much of any of these characteristics. That means every person has things that need improvement. While we all have differences on the outside, we also have things that need far more attention on the inside. These should be the things we focus upon in our own lives instead of the superficial things of others.

But what about those who are so offensive and judgmental? What about those who wrong us and mistreat us, what should we do to them? First of all, the Lord said: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mat. 5:44-45). As hard as it may be, we must love even those that are the most unlovable. Equally, it should always be our desire that they do what is right. God wants every person to change and make their lives right through obedience (1 Tim. 2:3-4; 2 Pet. 3:9). As far as God is concerned, no person is too hopeless, too far gone, too sinful, too unforgivable, or too worthless to come to him. God has taken the worst and made them the best; those that were the most unlovable and turned them into the most loving.

Therefore, let us never say that someone is beyond hope or not worth our time and effort, even if that person is one who is currently striving to make our lives miserable. Let us love as God does: setting aside the superficial things with which most people are too consumed, and looking out for the hearts and souls of ourselves and others. For only when each person is willing to look at self and others in this way will the ungodly actions that some perpetrate be stopped.

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