Janice Boekhoff

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, who he has not seen. And he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

1 John 4:19-21

Who are your peers? In parenting books, I read a lot about the influence of peer groups, but what exactly is a peer?

Is it someone you consider equal to you? Or someone you want to hang around with? Maybe it’s someone who thinks like you or who gets you?

But then again, maybe that’s too limited a definition.

Not long ago, I met a dear friend who became my critique partner (a person that I swap work with to evaluate it). Certainly, she’s my peer in writing, but we are very different. Different age, different race, different life stage (my kids are young, hers are grown), living in different states. And yet, we have a great time together.

Is it the writing that bonds us? Yes.

Is it our mutual love for Christ? Yes.

But are my peers only Christian Writers? Of course not.

In a very real sense, my peers are everyone. Why? Because Jesus considered everyone His peers.

When I look around at people who are different, I shouldn’t focus on the differences. I should focus on what’s common to all of us—the God-shaped hole inside every person.

Dear Lord, help me to see the need for You in others. We are all cherished in Your eyes and we are all empty until we let You fill us up. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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