Reflections by the Sea: Differences

Published 10:12 am Sunday, February 12, 2023

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By Betsy Ore Glass

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. – 1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV

Recently when we moved to our new home, we were blessed to also have a pool. It has a fountain so there is always the sound of water surrounding our home. I think it is wonderful, calming and serene. My husband, on the other hand, has a plumbing background. When he hears running water, he immediately checks for leaks, overflow, floods, etc. I will say it has taken him a little while to get used to the sound of the water but that is just how he is programmed. We are each very different and have different perspectives because of our backgrounds.

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I am always amazed when I run into someone who doesn’t like the beach. It is something that has been a part of me since I was a youngster and I couldn’t imagine not seeing the waves, birds, grasses, piers and sand. And the when folks say they don’t care for seafood, well my mouth is watering at the wonderful thought of it!

We are all different, that’s for sure, but if we have a different opinion does that mean we suddenly don’t like that person anymore? No, not at all. We can find middle ground. We are all God’s children, and He teaches us that Love covers all. We are given it freely by Him, we are to freely give it to others through Him. Practicing understanding and tolerance are so hard. I have to fight the tendency to think that I am right all the time. Humbly, I think I need to talk less and listen more. I just might learn something! Offering my thoughts only when asked would be a good place to start and then try to be careful to say only what would honor and glorify God. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. I Peter 3:8 ESV

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at To learn more about her books, visit