I have a Skype call today. He is currently halfway around the world. The call is with someone who thinks very differently than I do. We met in Singapore, however even then I knew he would go nomad on me. There was an intense passion for life and living. Everything was intense. I usually find a thread of carelessness when I meet someone like this, but not in this one!
We have not had the chance to speak much since our original meeting. I know I want to be more intentional in catching up. I do not think our friendship is unusual yet somehow I sense that it is. The anchor that holds it together is one of respect. I trust his motives and path. I believe he wants to share what he knows. I also sense that if it is helpful I will use it, if it is not, I will let it go. He reminds me to do the same.
Diversity is something many use to their advantage. Team members fill in the missing pieces for each other. One uses hammer and a screwdriver, each for something different. The lesson Singapore continues to teach me is that diversity is not enough. We have the opportunity to acknowledge and respect the differences we find in others. In doing so, we become stronger! It is as if the mantra recognizes a truth that is found in wisdom writings; “All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 12.10)
I look off my balcony and see people walking to their bus stop and heading into town in their cars. It is a busy scene. It is easy to forget that every individual has the Spirit of Goodness within her or him. Each has something for others. Each is a gift.
The opportunity ahead of us is not for the timid. There will be challenges. We will fail at times. It is also our opportunity to be alive. I respect everyone who seizes the day.