We recently went to Ashland, Oregon to enjoy the Shakespeare Festival. It was an extraordinary trip that we will long remember and cherish. One of the first days there, my Whovian daughter just had to have this shirt.
Anyhow, of course she wore the shirt the very next day and we went down to breakfast at the hotel. In line for pancakes I saw another girl about four or five years older than my daughter check out her shirt and give a nod of approval. “Great shirt!” Immediate camaraderie was born. I watched the interaction between the two girls who were strangers with great interest. I know a lot of teenagers who wouldn’t give a younger girl a first glance. But this shirt put them on common ground.
My husband has a similar geek shirt that plays on the Keep Calm theme. His says “…and Stay Shiny.” Diehard Firefly/Serenity fans just eat it up. I can’t count the number of conversations this shirt has started for my husband.
Driving to a different state gives you plenty of time to watch the road and do some thinking. Have you ever seen bikers pass each other? No matter the weather, the location, the speed, they always give each other a wave. There is again this foundational camaraderie established between strangers. A leather-bound dude sees a three-piece suit holding a helmet and there is a connection. I find it fascinating. They talk … well, I can’t even make up what they talk about because I am not a biker. They have a language and interest all their own and the passion acts as a ligament that brings two disparate people into association.
And I wonder…
Why aren’t more Christians like that? I do see it on occasion. I have this cool purse that I have gotten ‘knowing’ compliments on. But I also see Christians focus more on the things that divide. You are a Christian? Really? Do you dunk or dribble? Do you have priests or pastors? What do you think about women in leadership? I’d love to see us take a page from the geek handbook and just love that we love the same thing—the same One. I’d like us to see another family member and know we are all undeserving but traveling the best and only worthwhile road in all of life. How about a head-nod, wave and a ‘keep carrying on.”?
That’d be cool.