After the second day of our workshop, we hopped in an Uber to head over to Beecher’s before they closed so we could try their world-famous Mac&Cheese. I sat up front with the Uber driver, Jim. He was probably in his late fifties-early sixties. He told me about where he was from (Georgia), what his favorite area of Seattle was (The Space Needle), and that he loved living in the rain (he called it “romantic”).
After we exhausted small-talk, there was a silence for about 45 seconds. Then, he turned and asked me, “So what do you like most about being you?” I couldn’t make a sentence with actual words after he said this because I was so astounded by the question–especially since it was coming from a total stranger.
I double checked and made sure I heard him right, “Come again?” He restated the same question slowly and clearly, “I said what do you like most about being you?” ….Well this conversation got really deep really fast.
My mind was running a million different directions and I had a hard time thinking of an answer, so I came back with the same question, “I’m not sure. What do you like most about being you?” And then Jim said without any hesitation, “I’m kind.”
“So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” Romans 12:4-5 [MSG]