Have you thought about popping your bubble lately?
One of the first things I often teach my students in my sociology courses is to understand perspective. In order to do this though, you have to willingly engage with people different than yourself. I’m not referring to people who may be toxic or unsafe. I’m talking about someone who may just see the world a bit different than you because of basic differences such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, or faith.
Seeing things from a different perspective. Easy for some, challenging for others. Many end up somewhere in the middle.
Where are you on the spectrum? 1=you’re stuck in your ways and as a matter of fact you’re right and everyone else is wrong. 10=you very much can see something from someone’s else’s POV without it impacting you and your core beliefs.
In order to get to the 10 side of the spectrum, you’re going to have to find something sharp so you can pop your bubble.
Bubbles are safe. We know who’s in them because we often pick people who look like us, think like us, talk like us, laugh at our not so funny jokes, while quietly ignoring those inappropriate comments made about those outside of the bubble.
Until we pop our bubble, we limit ourselves in growing and abiding by one simple mandate given to us by God—“Love thy neighbor.” Because honestly, are you truly loving your “neighbor” if your comments about them are judgmental and negative?
Can you imagine for just a second how much more peaceful relationships would be if we could simply learn, respect and understand each other a bit more? Simply put—“Love thy neighbor.”
Sometimes we end up in bubbles by no fault of our own, but there comes a point in all of our lives where we have been blessed with the option of choice. And one of those choices should be popping that bubble. Allowing people in who may not necessarily share your exact POV is okay. (Remember that disagreement shouldn’t always lead to argument).
Popping your bubble doesn’t mean in the least bit that you have to change your faith, beliefs, or core being. As a matter of fact, I’ve learned personally that the more confident I am in myself, who God created me to be, and the purpose He has for my life, the easier it is welcome people in. It seems counterintuitive, but it’s true.
I challenge you (just like I challenge my students) to be intentional about growing your perspective muscle. It’s fully possible to agree to disagree while still demonstrating love and respect.
So, look around for something sharp and if you haven’t already done so—pop that bubble!
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)