Read: Romans 15:5-8

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (v. 7 NIV)

One morning, I was getting ready for the day. I was going through a rough season and felt generally insecure about myself. My roommate, whose “disability” typically leads her to be less aware of the feelings of others, stopped her morning routine. She came over to me and said, “Amy, why are you worrying so much about what you look like today? You’re beautiful just the way you are!”

This level of acceptance from my roommate allowed me to see myself in a new light. Her comment pulled me out of my self-criticism and filled me with joy. Her acceptance of me “just the way I am” is a grace to me daily. I remember her comment to me often and try to truly receive that acceptance for myself so I can offer it well to others.

My neighborhood’s precondition of belonging allows folks to be accepted as beautiful just the way they are. We’re trying to accept one another as Christ accepted us. This means seeing people’s gifts, really listening to them, and offering them a place to belong. We’re not perfect at it by any means, but even our feeble attempts at offering acceptance to one another has created a community that exudes peace and joy. This brings praise to God as Paul said it would. When visitors constantly ask why this place operates the way it does, we can say we’re just trying to share the love of Christ. —Amy Curran

Prayer: Lord, may we receive and offer your acceptance.