Learn From Other Perspectives

Day 5 - Learn From Other Perspectives

Dear Younger Me,

We talked yesterday about listening. That is never more important than when people are sharing different perspectives. Let me encourage you that there is so much to gain from listening to other people who have different experiences.

Let’s take church for example. Right now, your view is very limited. You’ve seen one perspective, and it is mostly a good one, but there are other opinions out there.

You know this. You’ve seen things that have made you question some of what you’ve been taught, but while you’ve questioned it in your mind, your questions have been shut down when you’ve tried to voice them aloud. You’ve never had anyone you could ask.

One day that will change. Don’t give up – as I encouraged you a few days ago, keep on asking why.

In just a few years you will be given an ideal opportunity to explore all of this. You will find yourself with a group of Christians who are so different from what you’ve experienced that you will genuinely fear you’ve joined a cult!

Let me reassure you that it is not a cult. The heart of the message is the same even if some of the finer details are different.

Listen, learn, embrace this other perspective and you will be changed forever in the best ways. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of all God has in store for you, but I just want to encourage you that other ways and other perspectives are valid.

“God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11 NLT)

As God’s wisdom has rich variety, so his church is meant to have rich variety. There are other ways to do church, and God can use them all. In time you will learn to embrace some parts of what you currently believe while coming to other beliefs on certain things. You will also develop a deep appreciation for the richness and variety of God’s people as you keep listening and remain open to other perspectives.

Love,

Me

Dear Younger Me...

This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided.  Today the prompt is “other.”  You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.

10 thoughts on “Learn From Other Perspectives

  1. I tried to hear the other views,
    I thought it would be neat,
    but then I saw what I could lose
    and I got out tout suite.
    Tolerance seemed so very cool,
    acceptance seemed Christ’s mission,
    but I was an addled fool
    who banked on superstition.
    I do not mean to be obtuse
    and still less to be harsh,
    but we pay back what we use
    and this is the Ides of March.
    We took on Christ that we might decipher
    a world, and now we pay the Piper.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I agree we can take tolerance and acceptance too far if it becomes “anything goes” and we absolutely need to hold on to the truth about Christ. I just think we can learn a lot from different perspectives within Christianity and that we shouldn’t take too narrow a view of things. We can listen and learn without necessarily agreeing.

      Like

  2. Your younger self will come so far as she grows. I know the first time I realized that there was no ‘right’ answer at church. I was always hustling to learn the correct answers to questions I wasn’t really asking,

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.