The bible teaches me many things. I am to love and serve everyone. That everyone is a big word. It is not confined to people who look just like me, think just like me, speak the same language that I do, love differently than I do, or even cheer for the wrong Canadian Football League team (I struggle with that last one- I mean there are the Roughriders and everyone else is just plain wrong). No where does the bible reassure me that I am especially blessed and thank God I am not like those other people don't quite reach up to my high standards. The bible tells me that we all fall short and yet all of us are loved, valued, and blessed in God's sight no matter who we are. The bible in my hand tells me not to be smug in my faith, but to encourage all to work for peace and wholeness.