Definition of “at once”: 1) at the same time; 2) without delay.
There are many people who I feel connected with and who I love deeply that have vastly different beliefs than my own. Politics and religion have very little to do with love. If I find myself always surrounded by people who think the same as I do, then I can never experience the amazing joy that comes from loving and appreciating those who are very different. Finding myself with those who think differently affords me an opportunity to practice openness. In seasons where differences and division dominant, could it be an opportunity to have a meal with those on the opposite side of my belief? Can I sit down and look at their faces? Do I look into their eyes? Do I ask them about their lives? Do I want to learn of their struggles and victories? For one moment, can I set aside strife and put on love? Will I become a student of love and change the world at once?