I recently read the book Same Kind of Different as Me. And I have to tell you that it stirred something within me.
As kids, my brother and sister and I went to school in the center of the cotton fields of North Louisiana. Each morning my Momma, a teacher at the school, would try to get us all ready for school and out of the house on time. Inevitably, we were always running behind schedule…My mother is good at near ’bout everything…except being on time. She is allowed this ONE fault:) Anyway, I digress…We would make the twenty minute drive to school, passing all of the perfectly rowed cotton and corn fields. If I would have known then what I know now…that time stands still for no one, I would have digested the beauty of that ride with my family more slowly… I could never wrap my head around why the small houses were RIGHT next to the fields. Why didn’t these houses have a yard? I thought that it just didn’t seem right that the people that worked that field took up all the homeowner’s yard space…Just a passing thought of a pre-teen. I had no idea that my seemingly shallow thought had such a profound answer. Yet, I never asked the question aloud. Thus, my question went unanswered…Until I read this book.
I’m not going to try to re-write the book in this blog, I wouldn’t do it justice. I strongly suggest that you read it for yourself, I promise that you will not find your time spent reading this book to be wasted. Rather, I would like to tell you how the Lord spoke to my heart through the honesty of these two men’s journey and the friendship that God cultivated within them…
Throughout my life, the Lord has spoken to my heart in various ways – through people, a sunset, a beautiful piano forte, a sleeping infant…This time he used the true story of two lives joined together in a divinely appointed friendship. While reading this book I found myself with a familiar desire to serve the Lord by serving His people. I want to love people the way that Christ would have me to…unconditionally. And not just the “lovely” people. This book reminded me that I need to be able to see beyond someone’s current and past circumstances and see the child of God – the person that is made in His own image. I can’t have the mind-set that I’m doing those less “fortunate” than me a favor by helping them….I just want to be so filled with love for God’s creation that I can’t help but give my time, my ideas, my money, my talents in an effort to spread the love of Christ.
God used this book to soften my heart. He spoke to me through the lives of these men, and I’m so thankful for that.
Read the book!
Love y’all!, Beck