We Don’t See Things The Same Way

When moving, packing becomes one of the huge challenges to accomplish–getting the essentials in boxes, sifting, decluttering, and making sure things are packed well so things will arrive in the new home in one piece.

Having people volunteer to help pack is a gift.

Trusting people to get things in boxes the way you’d do it is a letting go of expectations and an embracing of gratitude.

Our neighbors are moving to Georgia, and I stopped by to wish them well as they were finishing up details. They’d stacked the boxes in preparation for the moving van, each box labeled in detail to announce the contents and what room they were destined for.

I couldn’t help but laugh at the thoroughness and humor of what ended up in the boxes.

A yak head with tennis balls and a Monopoly game. Deer antlers with beach towels.

My friend was delighted with the end result, but she, too, loved the crazy combinations of content. Logic would say deer antlers need to be nestled in towels and pillows.

I still can’t figure out the yak head.

We all have a different perspective on life, on the things that go together and work well in cooperation with other pieces of our stories.

It is all about our stories. The people who impacted us consistently–parents, siblings, neighbors, teachers, and friends. We learn from others what works well and what doesn’t. What is acceptable behavior and what isn’t?

It also means we don’t see things the same way.

Especially ourselves. We each have a self-image, often amplified by what we choose to put on social media, that we believe expresses who we are.

Two of Jesus’ disciples, James and John, brothers, often called the sons of thunder, made a request of Jesus that they thought appropriate. They asked to sit in the places of honor when He reached His kingdom in heaven, one on the right, the other on the left.

Jesus said they had no clue what they were asking–He was destined to go through a lot of suffering to get to where He was going. The other ten were quite upset by their request. Why should James and John get all the glory?

Jesus reminded them that rulers and leaders too often threw their weight around, allowing power to go to their heads. That would not be the way of His followers.

“Whoever wants to become great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served, and then to give away His life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” Mark 10:43-45

These men saw leadership differently than Jesus was teaching. He spoke of the values of serving, considering others as more important than ourselves, and loving others as values worth more than position or reputation.

We’re each like a box labeled with who we are. Our value isn’t about what we do but what’s inside, who we really are. Too often we hide parts of ourselves, sharing only what we deem acceptable to those around us, hiding what we think doesn’t fit.

It’s our story.

Who says a yak head doesn’t fit with tennis balls?

2 responses to “We Don’t See Things The Same Way”

  1. 🙏 Amen! Love this!
    Hope you’re feeling much better now and are back up and running again?! 🤔


  2. Thanks, my friend, I’m doing so much better–grateful for that and for friends like you!


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