If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
It's really easy to get caught up in outward appearance or attributes that I have or talents that I have and focus my worth on those things. And none of those things really have anything to do with my identity. And my identity is a child of God. And I think it's important to remember that God has created each of us uniquely and it doesn't make sense to compare ourselves to other people because God has a different plan and a purpose for each person that he's made. And so we need to just remember that we are created perfectly to fulfill the plan that God has for our individual life.
I remember my brother as such a gentle and loving child, the best big brother a girl could hope for, but I remember when I started to sense our family's world tilting on its axis, the kaleidoscope turning, when things started to go wrong. From then on, it was like we were still ourselves, but our lives played out as though reflected back to us from a funhouse mirror.