As Different as Chalk and Cheese

Sometimes I wonder if one of the greatest miracles Jesus performed was to keep the disciples from killing each other. This week, as I watched another political/religious family feud break out on social media I remembered that Jesus, born into a time of political high tension, took both a collaborator and a resistance fighter on a road trip. It’s time to re-blog this.

Charis: Subject to Change

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I grew up in a family where teasing was a form of affection. Wrestling, practical jokes, funny stories that revealed weaknesses in each other? All normal (to us). To those not accustomed to this way of relating, such play appeared intimidating and offensive. Most of the time we knew where the line was, but in the background, we often heard someone warning, “You had better stop now before someone gets hurt!”

And then someone got hurt. A line was crossed. For one of the participants the action wasn’t fun anymore. Teasing became bullying (to them). Fights ensued.

Like many parents, we discovered our children’s individuality early. One liked to cuddle. The one who had to move-it move-it move-it resented the restraint of adult arms. One cried easily, one bounced back like an inflatable clown punching bag, one treasured solitude, and one was happiest when surrounded by 27 of her closest…

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4 thoughts on “As Different as Chalk and Cheese

  1. Kristina

    It really is amazing how so many of us can be followers of Jesus and yet be SO different. And yet, as long as it’s not evil, Father values the differences! They are all pieces that reflect bits of Him! It’s mind-boggling.

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  2. Allan Halton

    “Liked” (for the second time.)
    “How do we live in harmony with people as different as chalk and cheese? We tune to Jesus.”
    Amen. And then keep our eyes on the Conductor, being mindful to play our own part as directed by Him.

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