This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “people.”
I don’t know about you, but I find people fascinating.
People-watching is something I’ve definitely missed during lockdown, and I think that has been part of the reason why I’ve been so lacking in inspiration recently. I miss those random glimpses you get into people’s lives as you walk down the street or overhear a conversation on the bus. I miss watching young people interact with one another at groups and camps. I miss the kind of group chats that are really not possible online in quite the same way as they are in person. So often those little moments spark a thought and fuel my creativity.
Sometimes I just look at a crowd of people and feel overwhelmed at the fact that each one is unique – and I know I’m only looking at a tiny proportion of all the people in the world. How is it possible for God to come up with so many variations on a theme? To create each of us in his image but so different from one another?
And it’s something to celebrate – we need different people!
We need different perspectives. This week I have spent hours interacting with others over a project we are involved in, and it has been one of the most energising things I have done lately. On many issues we have been coming from different perspectives, and on some things we have disagreed, but it has been the best kind of discussion – where people listen as well as talk, where there is a mutual respect, where people feel free to say what they think, where they are open to learn from one another.
And for the first time in weeks I feel inspired to write rather than it feeling like an effort!
God could have created people all the same, but he chose to create us different, and I’m so glad he did!