Making assumptions prevents you from respecting differences and learning from others. POSITIONING and EXPOSURE necessitate that you spend time with people who are different from you. It takes COURAGE, but the resulting KNOWLEDGE is priceless.
When you only interact with people who look like you and think like you, you have no checks and balances to avoid extremes and to provide wisdom.
Be patient in the new relationships God has given you, and look for the deep things that can unite you with others.
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