The most appropriate way for me to wrap up the year of 2010 is with a grateful spirit.

In my Living World Religions class at Harding, we took a weekend field trip to Chicago. There we visited a Bahai Temple, a Soka Gakkai Buddhist center, a Hindu temple, a Jewish synagogue, a Muslim mosque and a Sikh gurdwara. The people we met, ate and talked with were normal people. They were nice, polite, welcoming and informative to all 100 of us. In our time with them, I learned a vital lesson. They are all people. They are all normal people searching for something more than themselves.

God set eternity in the hearts of men, and whether we choose to see it or not, people of all nationalities and religions are looking for a bigger purpose.  Some find that purpose in chanting an ancient saying. Some choose to offer sacrifices to local shrines. Some believe quiet contemplation is the true way. I know very little in the grand scheme of each religion. But I know they are searching and trying to find the way.

What I do know is that I’m thankful. I’m thankful that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. I’m thankful that He considered us worthy amongst our shame and disappointment. I’m thankful He forms the passageway directly from man to God. I’m thankful for Jesus, who sacrificed everything…so I could find God.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you are around the Christmas table, in a car on the interstate or in the shade of a Baobab tree. We are all searching. And God made the way for us all to find and share Him. Let’s be thankful.