Mandarin Thinking

Having lunch with my colleague I noticed he ate his mandarin in a very strange way. Instead of peeling off each segment at a time and eating them individually he would take three segments – all still connected together – and bite them in half.

I was shocked! I had never ever seen anyone eat a mandarin in this way. I had only seen people take a segment at a time and eat them individually. I couldn’t believe it.

It was crazy that something so simple had totally blown my mind, but I had just never seen anyone decide to eat a mandarin in that way. In all my years I was still learning new ways of looking at things.

And my sense of what is “right” and “normal” was challenged.

It reminded me that I don’t have everything sorted in my life just yet and neither should I. It helps to be open to new ways of approaching tasks, even tasks I have done for a long time.

I have been doing life with God for a very long time, but there is still so much to learn and ways of doing faith that could expand my mind.

While these thoughts started out with a mandarin they have helped to challenge my thinking.

My way may be comfortable, but it’s not the be all to end all.

Lord, You are so diverse and immense. We often restrict You with our simple minds. Help to expand our thinking to encapsulate all You are. Amen.

What is something new you have learned recently?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.