A lot of what appears normal and regular now started off not being that way at all.

Working patterns today would baffle people a couple of centuries ago. Same with what goes for eating patterns. Some apply value judgments on those changes, sometimes it’s worth doing that, yet how we respond to these changes expresses a lot about what we value.

Looking at my own life, there have been a number of changes that would baffle the me of a decade ago, 15 years ago and 20 years ago. Activities I take for granted now would bowl me over back then. It’s perhaps a part of growth. There is something else to it though. For that I am very grateful. And that’s the beauty of the unconventional.

That’s not about novelty factors and doing something different for the sake of it. I am not the biggest fan of change and won’t go down in history for innovations. Life has afforded me the privilege of seeing the accepted and normal way of doing things and then coming alongside people who dare to suggest an alternative that is fruitful in a completely unique way. It doesn’t have to gain notoriety or popularity, but those things leave a pleasant impact on my life.

It also prepares me to acknowledge and respect the unconventional that people discover as routes to experience life in the fullness that Jesus indicated.

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden


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