Children's Fellowship of India, home to nearly 200 orphaned boys.
Now whenever I travel to India ... it takes only a moment off the plane in Mumbai to realize that I am not in Lancaster County any more! The smells, sounds, sights in India always initially appear WEIRD to my senses – very different from what I am accustomed to smelling, hearing and seeing back home. Some of these sensations are pleasant, many are not. Talk about feeling out of one's comfort zone!
As I was reflecting on this, God reminded me of something I often say – and it is a reminder that I need to "hear" anytime I travel outside the United States. Just because something is different does not make it either WRONG or WEIRD. So people in
drive (if that’s what it’s called – it’s actually more like a demolition
derby!) on the left side of the road.
Different? Yes. Wrong? No! So
Indians like to eat their food hot and spicy. Different? Yes. Weird? No! Just because people eat differently,
dress differently, live in a multitude of different ways – this makes them
neither WRONG nor WEIRD.
Now there is a lesson in this for
of us.We all have our ways of doing things. Often we encounter others who do things or look at
things differently than we do. We must
remind ourselves that DIFFERENT does not equal WEIRD or WRONG. Rather we must, with God’s help, learn to graciously
“bear with each other” (Colossians 3:13).
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