If you are like most people, myself included different scares you. Different job, different route to work, different topping on your pizza, it doesn’t matter how big or how small the difference is, there is some degree of comfort in sameness. But I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that some of my biggest blessings have come from the times when I have taken the different path, made a decision that was out of my comfort zone and embraced the chance to be, well, to be different. That is the time when different moves out of the uncomfortable and scary and into the exciting and blessed. If I were to ask you for a picture of your friend group, your tribe, the ones that you get into the trenches with and do life alongside, what would that picture look like? For a big part of my life, my picture looked a whole lot like me, very little difference at all. But my life took a big turn about 7 years ago, a completely different way than I ever expected. And with that new way came the chance to see situations, circumstances and people with fresh eyes. God pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me so much during this time. And my life has been enriched in ways I could never have imagined in the process. When we intentionally seek out people who are different than we are, who have different points of view, different life experiences and challenges, whose family structure may look different from our own, our lives become more colorful and vibrant. And we often learn that people who seem so different than us on the outside are actually kindred spirits on the inside…and that is when the blessing occurs. So look for ways this week to embrace different and watch your life explode with color, just like the flowers of spring! Happy Sunday!