Being Well Traveled

Why we should desire to be well traveled . . .

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

I so love this quote written by Mark Twain and so admire the sister in Christ who shared it on facebook. Sara Groves posted this quote on her facebook page which I follow. What I admire about her so much is how intuitive she is about what needs to be said, but always honors the Lord in how she shares that message. (Me, not so much.)

If you are not familiar with Sara Groves, she is an amazing artist. Sara has a beautiful voice and the lyrics to her songs are like nothing else in the contemporary Christian music genre. I love old hymns but almost all contemporary Christian music drives me nuts. I just can’t listen to it. For me, it doesn’t mirror the Christian life (at least the one I have lived) at all.

Sara recently released a new CD a few months back entitled Floodplain, and when she did she confessed that she has struggled with depression and anxiety for many years. I then understood why I have related to her lyrics so much, as I have had the same struggle for the past 28 years.

I have not had the privilege of traveling outside of the US, except to Canada, and have desperately wished I could. After reading this quote and taking it to heart, I feel I have a more noble reason for wanting to see more of the world – to better understand and have more empathy for those who are different than myself.

May God bless.

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