I hate variety packs. You know when you go to the store and I just need to buy little bags of snacks or chips so I can pack my children’s lunch for school and I buy those packs that come in 30 individual packs of snacks, but the only thing is that all those snacks are different! It’s like 10 bags of potato chips, 8 bags of Cheetos, 6 bags of BBQ chips, 6 bags of Fritos. Then all my kids want are just the regular potato chips and no I am left with 20 bags of chips nobody wants. Eventually, the kids will be forced to eat the others, but always left over seems to be the 6 bags of Fritos. So, I have to go to the store and buy the same variety pack, and eventually be left with another 6 bags of Fritos.
Just so you know, yes, I have a ton of individual bags of Fritos that is now just taking extra space. Why can’t I just find 30 individual packs of just regular potato chips! Just keep things simple right? Seriously, since my children won’t eat Fritos, I am working my way at trying to whittle down the surplus of them one bag at a time. But this is just such an inconvenience.
But then it got me thinking about how God has created, formed, and shaped our world. He created “variety.” Love it or hate it, or find it inconvenient, variety exists. As much as we wish life can be simple, it’s not. Not everything in the world can be like 30 packs of regular potato chips. And that is a good thing, right? I mean if there were only regular potato chips then life would get boring, and our taste buds would not experience anything new.
Variety is a good thing to have in our world, even if “variety” causes us to be in challenging situations. Our world is made up with different ways of thinking, that has different solutions to the same problem. Sure, that can be stressful, but I do believe that by challenging our comfort zone, we do become better people, maybe even the people that God intends us to be! When you think about it, we are given so much choice in this world. And even though the process of choosing can be distressing, it is an important part of our life that builds who we are. By choosing we learn what we are able to do, and even open the possibilities of new ways of thought.
Now sometimes, we will be put in a situation when we only have 20 bags of Fritos, and choice is taken away from us. We will be forced to do something that is unavoidable. And that is ok too! Because as much as we are forced in a direction, we are not comfortable doing, God is there with us, munching away at the pile of leftover Fritos. But once you get through these bags of Fritos, God will grant you the power to choose once more in the sea of Variety Packs of Chips. So, maybe next time when you begin with 10 bags of regular chips, 8 bags of Cheetos, 6 bags of BBQ, and 6 bags of Fritos, you can mix it up a bit. Instead of just going straight to your comfort of regular potato chips all the time, mix it up, maybe try to eat that Frito, and then maybe BBQ and then back to regular potato chips, just so you won’t be left with just one option.
So, if anyone reading this would like a bag of Fritos, let me know, I got plenty of them.
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Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).