“Let’s Learn to be Different Together.”
After seeing the sign for the first time, I later drove past it again to make sure that I could remember exactly what it said. Then I tried to imagine the ways the thought of being different could be taken:
Different from what?
Maybe, but not necessarily…:
1. The way our neighbors look, dress, and talk
2. The way they work, shop, and relax
3. The shared interests of our community
But more likely, different from:
4. The short-sighted inclinations of our younger years
5. The irritability, impatience, and disillusionment that are inclined to increase with age. And,
6. The inclination to self-righteously distinguish ourselves from others…
And the real issue is…
To be similar to what?
What if together we made it our prayer and purpose to help one another continue to grow in ever-increasing, even if irregular, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wouldn’t it be worth all of the effort, and far more, if others around us could be able to look beyond the changes they see in us– to the One who is asking for the opportunity to breathe the likeness of himself into all of us?
Seems to me that this would be a worthy vision to share regardless of what we kick around together in the days ahead.