As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself meeting new people who don’t look like me. Some people call me strange. Others say I attract weird people and many find it too different to reach beyond their comfort zone. I call it living!!
Many of us have become so complacent and comfortable with people who hold the same values, look like we look, act like we act, and go to the same places we go we don’t grow. Then, when we are challenged to grow, we have no one because we would not allow people in our lives that didn’t fit our mold. Not realizing that God could have been placing people in our lives to take us to our next level. The people we rejected were to be the ones who would have held us accountable for our words and deeds.
Within the last couple of months, God has placed some very unique people in my life who come from all walks of life and most importantly love God. I have been fortunate enough to meet people who come from different backgrounds that can bring a fresh, new perspective and positive outlook on life.
I was born and raised and still attend a predominately African American church. The majority of my friends over the course of my life have been African American. But things have changed. The situations and circumstances over my life have caused me to move out of my comfort zone and meet new people who have new ideas. God has placed a good friend in my life who attends a mostly middle to upper class Caucasian congregation. Coincidentally she is of a different race as well. She has invited me to numerous activities her church sponsors. There is one in particular I frequent regularly called “Young Professionals.” This group meets every 2 weeks at a member’s home. During this time we have a brief meet and greet and then the leader facilitates a guided discussion.
It feels good to be among people different from myself. They are people who I may not have normally befriended outside of a church dynamic. I have made new friends, networked, and received new ideas as well as presented some too. Yes, I will always have my core group of “homegirls” but I’ve found that it is healthy to live outside of what is “normal” in your life and seek new perspectives and ideas. We are such a segregated society and we all should challenge ourselves to meet new people, challenge our mindsets, and formulate fresh ideas.
Is anything wrong with sticking to what you know? No. But why not venture out and introduce yourself to people, places, and ideas you don’t know. I believe if God wanted us all to be the same, he wouldn’t have created diversity. So I challenge you this month to:
1. Befriend someone who you don’t worship with every Sunday,
2. Talk with someone who can introduce new and exciting ideas to your mode of thinking,
3. Put people in your circle who have already accomplished what you hope to accomplish so that they can inspire you to reach higher than what you can see naturally.
Not only will you have an opportunity to broaden your knowledge base, but you will be able to appreciate other people who may not look, dress, or act like you. Yes it may be difficult and even scary at first but the outcome can be so rewarding. Not only should you begin thinking outside your box; turn your thoughts into actions and see how amazing it can be!
Peace and Blessings as you indulge in meeting New People with New Ideas!