Tourist or Traveler

by Bo Bryson | No Comments

hand_shaped_heart_in_sunsetIn his book, ‘Courage & Calling” – Gordon Smith writes, “Observation is a critical means by which we learn about people – especially those who are different. Here, travel can be very formative in enabling us to see others and appreciate the human differences and the diversity of human experience. But a traveler is not the same as a tourist. To travel is to be with and among the people. A tourist is the center of attention; a traveler intentionally stays to one side and does not draw attention to her or himself.”
As I read those words, I had to ask myself: Do I approach my life – my everyday interactions with people – as a tourist or traveler? Do I make myself the center of attention or do I observe and learn with/from others?
I think of a verse: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another…” (John 13:35) How do I (how do you) love others? As a tourist – expecting all my wants to be met or as a traveler – intentionally observing and then loving them on purpose. Truth is, sometimes we need to be a tourist – we need others to bless, encourage and affirm us (“makie it all about us for a moment”) but let’s not forget; we are not to be tourists forever. We are called to be travelers – the very fragrance of God to those we are with & among (2 Cor. 2:14-15) Ahhhhhh, to be a traveler…to experience ‘This Love…”

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