Strange isn't it how you have to be careful with your words, just in case someone hears you and has a different view point.
It’s even important to monitor your thoughts as they also become words and actions that may offend.
This is especially true when you are dumped into a melting pot of cultures, races, opinions and rituals of a different country. Even more so as I find myself in the middle of the ocean somewhere off the Malaysian coastline on an oil platform.
When you really think about this, is it so different? What you may already realise perhaps, is the subcultures of race, opinions and rituals in our own back yard can create divisions and restrict openness. More importantly, it can shut down your love for others. Others, when it gets down to tin tacks, might be a little different to you and me.
At risk of upsetting you and creating dialog, please let me throw the potential fox into the hen house.
What is your view point on our Muslim brothers?
What I have discovered during my time in Malaysia, not surprisingly, is that many of them just want the same things as you and I. What is impressive is the dedication that they put into this by stopping and praying 5 times a day for good things to come into their lives and the lives of the people around them.
And, what if you were at Sunday service that started at 9.00 am and the pastor was just staring to wind up his sermon at 10:40 am?
You see, for the Christians that I met in Kuala Lumpur, this is normal and it’s just a different viewpoint. Some of you would be excited by such a message and some of you would have walked out already, right?
So what am I trying to say here? Just this, and you might like to add some thoughts, anything that gets in the way of you loving people should be seriously challenged and maybe it’s time to open that closed up heart and see who is missing out on your love.
Love and blessings, JA
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