Look at these super cute animals, aren't they just adorable!? These are alpacas the national animal of Peru. Here are some fun facts about this fluffy cuteness. The average life span of an alpaca is twenty-two years. They like to spit at anyone who is a threat to them but they are relatively nice and sweet animals. There are breeds of alpaca, one being ninety percent of all alpacas and they are called "huacaya (wah-KI-ah)" and the other ten percent of alpacas are called "suri (SOO-ree)". They are all so different, there are 22 different colors of alpacas. Each color and hair type is used for different things. Some hair is softer than others so they use soft hair to make clothes. It's really cool to see how each type of alpaca hair is used differently and yet how beautiful the end product is. I have had my own experience with them. In the market, during the tourist season (May through August) some alpacas are trained to follow you until you kiss them on the lips!!! Well, that happened to me one day and I didn't want to kiss it on the lips but it refused any other type of kiss I tried to give it. Finally, I kissed the alpaca on the lips!! To say the least I didn't like it but it was a cool experience that I will never forget. But one thing I think of when I see the alpacas is the controversial subject of universal equality. That is a topic of controversy because from the world's point of view everyone should be equal. Everyone should get the same pay at jobs or the same rights. That includes men, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. They all want the same rights and privileges but the way God created this world is in the way of equity, not equality. It's the same with our salvation, our salvation is the same but all of our walks are different. You can see that clearly in two Scriptures. The first is Romans 12:3-8 which says, "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us had one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve, if it is teaching, then teach; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." As you can see each of us has a purpose and we each have something we are specially created for. If we were all equal or for example if we were all a leg how is the body supposed to work if all it is, is a leg. We each have to do what God has created us to do. The second Scripture is in 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 which says, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being a part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body." You see the Word of God is very clear that He created all of us uniquely. God won't give us all the same thing because we don’t need the same. He gives us what we specifically need in our lives to carry out our calling for His Kingdom and not what my friend needs in her life. Don't compare your life to someone else (John 21:20-22). God is a God of equity, not equality. Nowadays everyone wants equality but God has a different and a very specific plan for your life and you can't fulfill that if you are to be equal to your neighbor. So think about you and your life what do you want? Do you want what God has specifically for your life or do you want the same as everyone around you?
Yours truly, Jewels