I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly did. All the Thanksgiving goodies were present. There was fried and smoked turkey, ham, candied yams, many more side dishes and a buffet covered with pies. Football was on the television and lives were being shared. There were layers and generations of families, and a couple of dogs begging for the attention of everyone. To top it all off, the weather could not have been better. It was a day to give many thanks to the Lord. I even had the pleasure of sharing Thanksgiving in two homes. No, I did not eat two meals, as tempting as it may have been. Instead, I only consumed the atmosphere, football, and companionship at our second visiting stop.
On our way home, I thought about the two homes we visited. There were many similarities. Most of the food was the same, as one would expect on Thanksgiving Day. Both homes were filled with family members spanning at least three generations. Similar stories were being told, the same football game was playing, and the number of people couldn’t have varied by more than two or three. Aside from interior design and location, one might rate the two homes the same. They were not, however, the same. Although the list of similarities is actually much longer than what I listed, their atmospheres did not share the same likeness.
It is odd how two things can look so much alike while at the same time having many differences. Do you agree? Ok, that is a loaded question. It depends on the two things, doesn’t it? If the two homes contained the same televisions, I would expect them to be identical in appearance and performance. I would not expect the apple pie at house one to taste or look the same as the one at house two. There are times we expect similarity and times we are surprised by similarity. So what is it that makes things with similar appearance, look and feel so different as you move in close? The prime difference is people. We are all different. Even identical twins, when you get to know them, are easy to identify. Individually we have likes, dislikes, thoughts, and dreams that are unique to ourselves. But put a group of people together for a while and watch how these likes, dislikes, thoughts and dreams start molding into one. This is a powerful phenomenon. It doesn’t happen with pies, only people. There has been a lot of money spent to research why married couples start to look alike the longer they are married. Don’t worry, I am not going to get into the science of something we all agree on, we will all become like those with whom we share a lot of time. This is the part where you should be thinking about the people you spend your time with. Are they people you want to look like? And I will leave you with one more question. How much like Christ do you look?