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Differences bring needed variety to life. Sometimes we need differences, other times, we bring different. #different #fiveminutefriday #marthagrimmbrady

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Today, the word for FiveMinuteFriday is different.

I have always hated questions that ask me things like “What is your favorite color?”

Why? Because it all depends on the setting. My favorite color for hair is a lot different than my favorite color for my bedroom or a new dress, for example. I just don’t have one favorite color. But I love color!

In quilting, I have learned the importance of the varieties of color to set off a quilt. We need different shades of a color to make it pop as well as neutrals to show off the colors. If we have too much color and not some neutral to give our eyes a rest, it is confusing and gets to be too much. If there are only neutrals and no color, there is no pop! Pop is what makes your quilt sing.

In quilting, I have learned the importance of the varieties of color to set off a quilt. We need different shades of a color to make it pop as well as neutrals to show off the colors. Click To Tweet

We need variety and differences

It is the same way when it comes to life. We need lots of different. I think of sameness as the neutrals in life. People who are like me are my neutrals.  stop Their thinking may be similar to mine or their background may be similar to mine. I have rarely found anyone is just the same. Even my husband and I are different. That was when I first learned what was so great about variety.

The second time I learned about variety in more extreme ways was when we lived in Jamaica. A good friend there told me, “Martha, different is not better or worse, it is just different.” I use that as my rule when I assess differences now. Of course, some differences are not good, but not nearly as many as I once thought.

When I come up against someone who is different or has a way of doing things that are different, I take a look at it for what it is. It is different. Usually, it is morally neutral. Sometimes it is refreshing. Sometimes it is a way of doing things that I want to adopt. Sometimes it is a way of doing things that I want to enjoy or at least appreciate.

When I come up against someone who is different or a way of doing things that is different, I take a look at it for what it is. It is different. Usually, it is morally neutral. Click To Tweet

Differences have brought fun variety to my life including some very interesting friends.

Differences have found me many, many good friends since I learned this truth all those years ago. In a world that changes so quickly, it does us well to adapt to the changes and differences that are positive and be the positive difference that we need to be when the changes around us aren’t!

Meanwhile, we can hold onto the GOD who never changes…in a good way!

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever.’”

 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

Hebrews 7:21-22

(You can look it up to see the broader context! the point here is that Jesus doesn’t change and guarantees the covenant He has made with us. That won’t change.)