One size most certainly does not fit all in other areas of life, either, and I don’t think it is supposed to. I treasure the fact every individual is unique in appearance, personality, tastes and life experience. We are strange in the United States, because we proclaim to appreciate concepts like rugged individualism yet for the most part, don’t particularly like people who vary too much from the norm. Usually they are considered weird.
I have spent most of my working life supporting young people with special needs. One of the parts of my job which has challenged me at times is the part where I have to try to teach them to “fit” into society. Because when you really get to know an individual with autism or some other disability you find a person who has a unique outlook on the world with quirks which can actually be charming when you understand them. But they can be considered weird if you don’t, and one of the deepest yearnings teenagers have is to fit in. So we work at cloaking or overcoming quirks so these very special individuals fit into society. And there have been many times that has made me feel very sad, because in order to help them to a certain extent I have to encourage them to deny who they are. And it feels like a I am robbing them of their personalities. Rugged individualism, in reality, is frowned upon as a lifestyle and I think that limits us as individuals and as a collective society.
We are pretty small right now at The Torch. Sarah and Kelly and I have been pretty much making the early decisions after tons and tons and tons of prayer. We do have a good diversity of experiences between the three of us and there have been many disagreements, but we are all capable of listening to dissenting opinions and working hard to figure out the best way to accomplish what we feel God wants us to do. But we are also aware we will be expanding our Board. We need people with a variety of ideas and life experiences and even quirky personalities to help us see all the possibilities for The Torch.
Every individual we will minister to will be different and we will be far more effective if we can see unique ways to reach them all. There is no one size fits all around The Torch. It’s more like - come just as you are and help us to see things the very unique and special way you do. Diversity and creativity are welcome here!