This sign in Taipei, though, made me pause. It caught me so off-guard that I didn't even realize that we - traveling with Zoe at this stage in the trip - fit the last category, that of a "family with small children and infant" [sic]. I stopped to take the picture, and then we went to the long line, never catching that the short line was for us.
Do you see why I took the picture?
"The Elderly." They are people.
The "Family with Small Children and Infant." Also, people.
"The Disability." Not a person.
Just as the "courtesy counter" here didn't realize the discourteousness of their poor translation, sometimes we in ministry turn people into categories. It's not us and them. People aren't projects to fix or products to create.
They are people.
Just like us.
Let's not overthink what we're doing, getting bogged down with strategies and techniques and plans and programs and... and... and...
Let's love people, because Christ first loved us.