I was recently reminded how hard we try to be accepted by society. I also know personally that it can, if you allow it, take control of your life in a manner that is not healthy. It seems to be most people’s aim in life to be ‘normal’, but I am not sure that many of us truly understand what ‘normal’ really is.
If, for the purpose of these musings, we assume that normality is that which enables us to fit in with our peers, then the Holy Grail of normality must be the one thing that ties all of humanity together.
A quick bit of research tells us that just under 50% of the population are female, 85.7% are White British and 71.6% class themselves as Christian. Two eyes are more than the average number and hair colour is too vague to be universal. About 1.7% of children have Aspergers, nearly 64% of the adult population have a driving licence and around 20% of British adults struggle to read.
The more I try to think of something that ties all of us together, the more I struggle! I tried to be smart and say we all have blood in our bodies, but even the blood has different types, and don’t get me started on DNA and finger prints!
The one thing I am certain of that covers all the people in the world is this one truth – God loves us. It does not matter who you are, where you are, or what you look like. It does not matter whether you can drive, have a disability or have green hair. God loves you! Fact!
Whilst there appears to be ‘fifty shades of normality’, that one truth throws a big arm around the whole of humanity and makes us all normal. And when we accept this one heavenly example of normality, we will then be truly free to celebrate our individuality.
Romans 8:38-39 (Good News Translation (GNT)) “For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.”