There are many definitions of this word in Webster's Dictionary but I like this one best:
Different in nature or kind (it is other than you think)
It's hard to interact with others if we remain isolated literally or isolated in our opinions or beliefs. As a practical example as a Christian, if we hang out with folks who only believe what we believe how do we spread the Good News to others? Or, if you are a parent in a larger family, you understand that this definition often applies when we wonder how in the world is that kid mine? Certainly other than what I think!
I have found that one of the greatest strengths of a human being is that of one who can freely communicate with others, understand others point of view (not always agreeing) and establish a dialogue both ways that may open up the door to change. In marriage, in family in any relationship that lasts, this has to be present. Unfortunately I learned from some major mistakes in this area.
And one of the ways I learned was from the master communicator: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil 2:3
We can all wish that our political leaders would be like this, and that countries of opposite belief could get this, but how about you and I, do we get it?
How about if we just try this week, one day at a time?
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.