What Difference Does the Difference Make?

by Lee Buford on April 27, 2011

What difference does the difference make? Really? Have you ever considered the question…or the answer?

If so, it was likely an after-the-fact realization. In so many areas of life we find ourselves debating, arguing, or at odds with others over issues that don’t warrant the animosity or the effort. At the end of the day, in most of these scenarios, the difference doesn’t really make a difference.

We do it at home, at work, and in our churches. We draw lines in the sand only to realize the line was washed out to sea with the next wave. We charge up the hill with all of our might, only to realize we’re now standing at the top of the wrong hill. And we’re incredibly quick to judge others for subtle differences relative to little more than opinion or preference. I was first asked the question myself in a class dealing with diversity among people of various races, genders, and nationalities, and I’ve used it many times since. It’s always a valid question.

Without question, there is a time and place to make a stand for what’s right, and we should absolutely do so when faced with appropriate circumstances. But those don’t come around as often as we’d like to believe and, more often than not, we’d admit to “jumping the gun” versus patiently assessing the true impact of our differences.

Think about it the next time you find yourself in such a situation. Ask yourself the question.

What difference does the difference make?

 

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