Posted by Paul Baloche on 19 January 2016

Having lived, worshipped and raised our three kids in the same rural community in Texas for 26 years, my wife and I moved back north, settling in New York city. But it’s only now, a year after the move that it’s coming clear to me how much the change has affected me.

There’s a different energy in the city. There are all these languages you hear, and at times it seems like almost every single nation, tribe and tongue is represented on the island. It’s affecting me, I know it is, and it’s not always comfortable.

It’s easy when you’re in a rural community and most of the people are from the same ethnic group, they all think kind of alike and all sort of agree on everything. And that’s good, it’s OK, but when you find yourself around people from all kinds of background and all different parts of the world, doing creative amazing things, you become a learner again.

So here I am, in my middle age, and I’m trying not to clinging to my long-held beliefs about every little issue. It feels odd, but right too.

This desire to grow, to challenge our own bias isn’t always the easiest for us to live with. In order to grow we have to be prepared to be challenged. It doesn’t mean that we instantly change our minds, but being challenged is really the only way we can grow spiritually and mentally.

Our bodies need gravity to grow, to have something to push back against. Without it we would just be blobs. And it’s the same with our characters; the gravity of life gives us something to push back against. Things test us, challenge us, push against us. It’s in these moments that we can learn to say, ‘Lord, I’m willing to open my heart up and hear from others.’

From there on in, who knows where God will lead us…

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