Why variety

We love variety. Maybe it’s a first-world thing – I know that my friends in rural Kenya do not suffer from quite the addiction to variety that I seem to have. However, I know that God loves variety as well. Think about it – He created seasons. The perfect spring day is so vastly different than a day in the the dark depths of winter. His creation reflects variety in so many ways. Flowers alone have such a vast assortment of textures and colors that gardeners (and observers of their art) never get bored. Even in sparse dry desert spaces, the variety of rocks is incredible.

But the biggest spectrum of variety is experienced through the humans God created. I love visiting the airport or riding on the subway, just to enjoy observing the heights, widths, colors and shapes of people – and the sounds those people make. The longer I live, the more humans I get to know. Learning about a person through time spent with them is a great way to go below the surface to experience even more of the variety of God’s creation. Two of my best friends are very different than me in a lot of ways. And that adds to the depth and richness of my life.

Here are a few ideas to add some variety to your life:

  • Go home a different way.
  • Try a different kind of music.
  • Eat at a restaurant you have never been to before.
  • Join a new group and make a few new friends.
  • Use your other hand to write a letter.
  • Or just write a letter.
  • Reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time.
  • Go for a walk after dark.
  • Turn off the TV tonight and talk with a friend.

Add your ideas in a comment!

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)

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