There I was in a very small Chinese restaurant after a brief workout watching a TV program, naturally in Chinese, and I became enthralled with the scenery and talent on display. It was their equivalent of America's Got Talent or The Voice, but the colors, displays and way they filmed it was amazing. Didn't understand a word, and it was thoroughly entertaining, but just a little weird.
It was a perfect example to me of The Kaleidoscope of people that populate this world we live in. And it was the perfect example of how someone who has not been an addict or been involved with an addict may view this world of recovery we deal with at ATB. Strange, can't understand it, and definitely unusual. We call it cunning and baffling in the program.
But there is a draw to it that Jesus saw back in his day, that these are people who need his help. These are sons and daughters who have lost something somewhere, who usually have great talent and skill, but have yet to reach their potential. Of course, I know, because I have been there, but to some today, as the Pharisees were back then, it may seem very strange and very weird.
At every possible opportunity, the Lord sought to make the point that he came to save the lost. So who in today's modern world is doing that? Are we in the religious community really focused on doing that, or are we leaving that to someone else? Do these kinds of folks fit into The Kaleidoscope of our colors, or do we just see them as folks whom we don't understand a word they say?
What I have found is that we are all made to fit into a ministry whether large or small, and God calls us to do it according to our own talent and understanding level. We should never be critical or not understand why each of us does what we do. We should understand that in God's awesome kingdom there is a Kaleidoscope of way different people who do way different things.
Let's just applaud each other, get on a path to heaven, and take as many unusual people with us that we can on that journey!
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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.