THE STRANGEST CREW

THE STRANGEST CREW
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"If I could require fieldwork for each of you (and I suppose I can, because, honestly, who is going to stop me?), it would be to find a way to regularly break bread with the most random, regular people you can find. They're everywhere, once you make a habit of searching. They might be the ones avoiding eye contact or sticking to the smallest shreds of small talk. They're the ones you might overlook, for no other reason that the fact that they have learned to stay quiet. They're working at the pizza place. They're staring at their phones in the pick-up line. You have no idea how badly your random, regular self needs them near.
You don't have to plan annual vacations together or go changing your will. With any luck at all, there will be some oversized personalities in the group and hopefully someone who grates on you just a little. This is precisely what keeps us tender.
Find the strangest crew you can. 
Pull them from the far corners of your reach and draw them in. Do you know someone who seems a little needy? Depressed? Hyper? Overly shy? Too opinionated? Extra cranky? Perfect. They're on the list. Have you noticed the mom who seems really nervous? Do you know how to reach the guy who had a recent brush with the law? Or the neighbor who seems overwhelmed by her kids? Or the cashier who always remembers you by name? On the list. I promise. I mean it.
Our tendency to group ourselves according to demographics has caused us to miss out.
Offering ourselves as a kind-hearted presence in a world that has forgotten the meaning of community is a courageous act of peace. Set a date. Make some calls. Bring a dish to share, your Bible, your nagging questions, and even your opinions.
This is the way of growth, and renewal. This is where lasting change begins."
Excerpt taken from The Ministry of Ordinary Places
By: Shannan Martin
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This passage speaks to me and is being tangibly implemented in my life.
New discoveries of the richest kind are being experienced.
When we open our doors and invite the stranger in ...
we meet our truest selves.
-Come inside-
-Darrelyn L. Tutt