May 5, 2019

Acceptance--one Cute Example

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“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”--1 Peter 3:8 (KJV)

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 Will you Read to Me?  Written and illustrated by Denys Cazet

I come across many children’s books in my job. (Please see my article on The Ugly Duckling here) They can range from silly to serious. Few of them teach important life truths in a sweet, yet simple, way. This author beautifully writes and illustrates a message that’s understandable to all ages:

Differences between individuals are okay. All talents and interests are worthwhile. If your friends and family don’t always understand you, there’s a group out there that will.

Here’s the story…

Hamlet the pig isn’t like the others. (Hamlet in the Shakespearian play is unique, too. Perhaps there’s a parallel?) He has unusual interests:
  • Keeping clean
  • Reading
  • Writing poetry
  • Time alone
  • Dressing nicely

Ummm. He’s a pig, remember? The other pigs make fun of his priorities. Even his family doesn’t relate to him. They only want to wallow in the mud and ponder dinner.

Hamlet wanders off. He feels depressed and rejected by those who are supposed to support him. He reads his beautiful poetry aloud to himself. In the end, he finds a grateful audience who beg to hear more of his work. You’ll have to read the book to see who that is!

My Conclusion

The Bible is the ultimate handbook for treating people right, among other aspects. The traits listed in the image above are all taken from the following passages:
Note: All verses taken from the King James Version

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”-- Romans 14:10
 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:”-- Romans 15:1, 5
 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”-- Colossians 3:12-15

Do you give and receive acceptance?

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