My family are away this week sharing in some much needing rest and recreation following the crazy mess that is December (especially for pastor’s families). So, in honor of our journeying about a bit, let’s talk about one particular way we can fight against evil in our world. Cheers!
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on those accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of [humanity] and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
My fellow Missourian raises an important truth in this saying: we will never become who God intended us to be if we remain stagnant in one location.
Yes, travel is good for the soul and helpful in creating compassionate hearts towards our fellow humans. However, for many it is not financially feasible.
But what I told you there was a way to travel that cost next to nothing?
What is this miracle journey-service, you ask?
Books. Reading everything you can stand, from fiction to non-fiction, and by a diverse set of authors – that is a practice that empowers you to see the world, even if you cannot leave your house.
The other essential thing to do along with traveling in body or in spirit, is to intentionally seek out relationships with people who are different from you.
This is not so you can collect a set of “token” friends.
On the contrary, I mean seeking chances to truly listen to what someone who thinks, looks, lives differently that you has to say. Learn about their lives. Take time to care about them before you share your own experiences. Then find what you have in common. Celebrate your unique and wonderful differences.
The real truth is that God created all of us. Every single human on this planet (as well as the planet itself). No one is expendable.
It’s time we start seeking to expand our ability to love as God intended. Our world desperately needs it. So go and seek. See what you find. And remember, the world is so much bigger than you can possibly imagine.