We Are All Weird
"Aren’t we all weird in our own way?" -Missionary Mentor
Sometimes, as foreigners, our ways seem weird to those around us…even among ourselves, as missionaries, we have different cultures and customs depending on what state we came from, how long we’ve been on the field, our ages, how many kiddos we have, etc. There are all sorts of differences to contend with, and we can either value them or let them cause division.
This last week I was struck with my family’s own ‘weird’….. I walked past Moriah’s room on my way down the hall and this is what I saw….
She was singing away with the song on the CD player while wearing a cardboard box on her head! I thought to myself, “Well, that’s a little weird….” However, my second thought was “What a gem!” I give God the glory that she can do things in her own way, with her own flair, and be uniquely her!
Gunner, too, is uniquely himself….he is in first grade and starting to write and journal. A couple weeks ago, he shared his perception at school about pirates. He loves pirates, pirate stories, and has said more than once that he wants to be a pirate when he grows up. Anyways, in his writing he shared that he comes from a family of pirates with grandpa and his peg leg (a prosthetic) and with grandma and her gold teeth. Here is his copy, including inventive spelling, and the following pic is my translation……read and enjoy!!! It was a priceless perspective, not to mention fun to read!
It made me wonder how I ‘fit’ in his understanding. And then? I remembered that I’m a pirate who has found 'the greatest treasure'……I’m not looking anymore! In fact, I’m trying to share it….to the ends of the earth!!! Jesus is the greatest treasure this world can offer…..I pray Gunner gives his life to the cause of treasuring Christ someday….but in the mean time? I will continue to pray and embrace our own ‘weird.’
The Bible clearly says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18).
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one another of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matt. 13:45-46).