A few weeks ago, I read a Facebook interchange that began with someone expressing frustration over people who have such a heart for the plight of animals, and yet probably couldn't be bothered to help a fellow person. This quickly degenerated into a debate over whether it was better to help animals or people, and that if you were someone who'd rather help a dog than give your money (or whatever) to the homeless, then you were bad and outside of God's plan for humanity. And there were others that pretty much felt the same way for people who hung out on the opposite fence.
Here's the thing.
I have two beautiful wonderful twin daughters. Identical twins who couldn't be more different if they tried. I have a daughter who cries every time we pass a homeless person and begs me to let her give them money, food, gloves, anything. She has been this way since she was a little girl. She has always had this heart.
I fervently believe that both of these passions were placed in their hearts by a God who cares and by a God who understands that we are all different. By a God who understands that this world is complex, and it is full of complex problems.. and that, to solve them, we need a variety of vastly different people with vastly different gifts and talents and passions.
And so... when faced with a controversy over who is a better person... the person who has a heart for people or the person who has a heart for the animals, I say that it's both. There is room enough in this world for people who have a passion for people, and for animals, and for the environment. There is room enough in this world for people who have a heart for abuse, and for hunger, and for slavery. There is room enough in this world for people who have passions for all kinds of different things. One is not better than the other.
So, when you're tempted to criticize someone else because they don't have a passion for the same thing that you do, remember that. Remember that we're all needed. Remember that, if we were all the same and if we all had the same passion for the same one thing, then so many more things would be broken in our world. We need us all. We need us all to follow the heart that we were born with. And we needn't feel guilty because it's not the same as someone else's heart.
A unique world requires a variety of unique people to bring love to every corner of it. Be unique. Let the passions that stir your heart... stir it. And, in the end, it will be a much more beautiful place.