This middle-aged lady learned a long-forgotten lesson from a little girl last week. Many local people have had the privilege of meeting or participating in fund raisers for Kie'Sionna Harris, a little girl who needed surgery for birth defects. Kie'Sionna was a contestant in the Little Miss category of the Miss Camellia Pageant last Thursday, where she stole the show with her adorable personality. For her talent, Kie'Sionna read a speech that she wrote addressing people's reactions to her "different" appearance. At 10 years old, Kie'Sionna knows an important lesson that many of us never learn in an entire lifetime. "So, before you decide to judge me just remember, the God that made you is the same God that made me," she said.
When I heard this statement, I was immediately taken back to my childhood. I remember being with my mother and some other adults one day when an unkempt young man who had long, stringy hair, a bandana headband and intentionally-frayed clothes walked past us. One of the adults made a disdainful comment about a "hippie," to which my mother responded, "Well, we just have to remember that Jesus hung on the cross for him just like He did for you and me." I remembered that statement for quite a few years. Whenever I met a person that I thought was "beneath me," I remembered that we all look the same in God's eyes.
As more years passed, somewhere along the way, I forgot that lesson. It's easy to get caught up in what we don't like about certain other people, not only in their appearance, but in their personalities. Many times we forget that every one of us has undesirable tendencies, though some do lean towards them a little more.
In the Bible, God told Samuel, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7). If only people who disagree with those around them, and with their leaders - whether it's the president, a senator, a mayor, a superintendent or a boss - could remember that God made us all equal, and that many times (not all, but many) we have the same goal in mind. Our different personalities cause us to pursue those goals in different manners. Unfortunately, when this happens, we waste time judging. Things could be accomplished much better if we'd work together, help each other and balance out our strengths and weaknesses.
Kie'Sionna said "When God made me, He broke the mold." I hope not. The world would be a better place if there were more who had a heart and mind like little Kie'Sionna.