Do you like peanut butter and chocolate?
It’s my favorite Baskin Robbins flavor. I’ve had it a hundred times and each time I love it as much as I did the first time. It’s probably why I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs also.
That’s right. Reese’s. Peanut Butter. Eggs.
Not cups, not hearts, not pumpkins, but eggs. The eggs have that perfect balance between peanut butter and chocolate none of the others have. Isn’t it amazing though that such different flavors could work so well together? That combination of sweet and salty make both of them better. I guess the same is true for peanut butter and jelly or salted caramel or sweet and sour chicken. It’s that complex mixture of somewhat opposite but complimentary flavors that make something so good.
It doesn’t have to be flavors. It could be textures, too. That’s why fried chicken works so well. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Or fresh chocolate chip cookies when the edges are just a bit crunchy but the inside is full of melty goodness. When you bring together the right mixture of different ingredients, you can make something amazing from things that don’t seem they would go together. It’s the beauty of creation.
And not just with food.
The right combination of pretty much anything can bring about exciting results. I feel like that’s what God is doing with the two churches I am serving. Like he’s making a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. Bringing together different people with different experiences to make something better than either one could be by itself – unity in diversity.
It’s a gift to be serving a church with such a diverse group of people who can offer so many perspectives on life, but we need to do something with this gift. We need to share it with our community and invite in even more diverse backgrounds and experiences. We need for people to know there is a place they can belong who will accept them for who they are and realize that is how God created them.
I can’t help but believe that the diversity God created was for a purpose. I believe that our diversity truly is a gift that allows us to be closer to God in a variety of ways. By embracing people who have experienced God in different ways simply gives us more strength to see God at work in the world. The diversity of God’s creation unites us with the one common thread that binds us together – God.
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