In our daily world, most of us have become use to seeing the same ole visual images caped in different clothing:
- The same tribal office work colleagues in dressed different apparel
- The same neighborhood that transitions in different seasons of the year
- The same apparel of clothing we have in our closet, but we mix and match them according to the weather
- The same usual routes we drive around our neighborhoods, yet we may drive different streets when road construction impedes our way
- The same summer visits with family and friends
- The same summer vacation destinations
Yet very few of us will desire frequent changes in life. I heard a church sermon some years ago and the topic was “Do You want to be a Pioneer or a Settler?” Here are some key highlights I remember from this sermon:
- Pioneers are pacesetters; they pave the way for others and find themselves often exploring new territories
- Settlers’ mission are to reach a point and stay at the place forever
Early in my adult life, I once had the belief that I would “settle down” and: (1) earn a formal education; (2) become satisfied with a level of wealth; (3) get married and have children; (4) work a traditional 8 to 5 job with benefits and meager vacation days. I accomplished at least three of the above four ‘settled’ objectives.
But later in my life, I always wanted something much better. I didn’t know exactly what it was specifically, but I always attempted to stretch my view….my mental view that is.
Stretching your mental view causes you to:
- Think harder
- React faster/often to issues stirring in your heart
- Question or Challenge the Status Quo
- Pray even more
- Question the law of humanity
- Have a sense of understanding the world a little bit better
Traveling around the world excites me, especially when wanting to meet new people! Having simple conversations with others allow me to become better as a listener. The sound waves and pitch patterns of various human voices echoing through my ear canal creates a hunger for knowledge and understanding.
I believe the opposite of ‘not’ wanting to stretch your mental view can lead to:
- An unwillingness to learn, which can close your mind to an ever changing world
- Being Argumentative
Because I have such a passion for making a different in my world, I found several ways to “Stretch My View”
| Take in a new ethnic restaurant
See an independent film
Take a foreign language class
Help at a refugee crisis center
Study world history/cultures
| Travel to a different vacation spot each year
Have dinner in a home of locals
Sign up for global affairs events
Go on a short-term mission trip!
Let’s go people and do some good!