A draft from May that I have revisited:
I escaped to the front poarch of my brothers semi-country Kentucky house this AM in an attempt to do a little reading. Cousins were inside watching cartoons, hollering, chasing the dog...doing what cousins who only get to see each other limited times a year get to do. So instead of asking them to quiet down or play peacefully, I chose extraction as the most logical decision.
When I came to a stopping point in my book, i looked up and listened. That's when I heard the symphony. Have you ever tried to pick out different birds by the sounds they were making? In just a few minutes I had distinguished eight different sounding birds: robins, finches, blue jays, whiperwills, an owl...a few of the ones i could recognize. Not to mention the occasional chirp of a cricket or two.
Have every tried to pay attention to our society and notice the diversity? In the work place, it is the first time ever, that people from four different generations are working side by side. Even within a church, where outsiders think everyone is alike, it doesn't take too long for the realization to be seen that diversity exists.
Personally, I love diversity. Theresa and I love eating new and foreign foods, meeting and getting to know people from different cultures, demographics & eras. There is so much that can we can all learn from each other, so much that we can all teach to each other (I know that's redundant).
While listening to the birds, I thought, "what if all of a sudden, there were no bird sounds? or what if they all made the same sound?" For the hearer: How boring being outside would become. With so much of my life revolving around the church, I am thankful for diversity in the church. Thankful for diversity in music preferences, teaching and learning styles, and for what fellowship looks like across the generations (we all love a good potluck).
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.