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Be an Ambassador
Theme of the Week: Practicing Unity
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." (Matthew 5:9, NIV)

Dig Deeper: James 3:13-18

To be a reconciler does not mean you have to take in racially diverse foster children, lead public marches holding up "We are the world"-type placards, or become a spokesperson of multiculturalism. Some may choose those paths, but people who choose to quietly effect change within their own social circles can be just as impactful. When you are in the business of connecting with people across racial and ethnic lines, you are a cross-cultural ambassador, a reconciler. Being at peace with others is a core value that flows out of your life. You build bridges by modeling diversity, not by just giving verbal assent to it.

When you model diversity, others around you will learn how diversity is to be lived out in a way that is genuine, open, and honest in light of the thorny problems that often arise in race relations. Your actions will empower others to develop a cross-racial appeal in their own personal and professional lives.

Reconcilers are in the habit of building bridges across the cultural divide based on such things as interests, preferences, and duties rather than forming relationships solely based on race. They love their neighbors as themselves and want to connect socially with them.

—David D. Ireland in The Skin You Live In

My Response: What are some practical ways I can model diversity in my community?

Thought to Apply: To put a wall between you and others is to build a wall between you and God.—Jim Elliff (pastor)

Adapted from—The Skin You Live In by David D. Ireland, copyright 2012. Used by permission of NavPress—navpress.com. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to be persistent and patient in seeking out meaningful friendships with people from other cultures or ethnicities.

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