“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “ [Acts 17:24-28]
Paul was baller. His sermon to the Athenians portrayed not only his education, but his passion for engaging with a culture instead of crushing it. He didn’t stamp out all that the pagan Greeks stood for – instead he came along side them and spoke in a way that made sense to them. We could all stand to live a little more like Paul.
Pretty soon i will be reunited with beautiful, beautiful Ellas… hence why this passage is on my mind. I can’t wait to spend more time with the places i loved, and be together once again with the ancient history and beauty. Right now a feel like a dry, shriveled up sponge, because i’ve been in the American midwest for awhile. But soon the colors, textures, stories, and traditions of another country will fill me up again. This probably sounds infinitely cheesy and pathetic, but i honestly don’t care. Traveling is the singular thing that has affected my life the most (outside of the God trump-card of course). Travel fuels me not only as a person, but as an artist. My life will always revolve around it, i hope.