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.
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.