Here is another wonderful entry by Joe Widick. He speaks of an incident on a mission trip in Latin America, a scene I became very familiar with on my trips to Honduras. Thanks for all your prayers while I am in Vietnam! I leave to return to the US in only a week!
Life is simple in Santo Domingo. People either ride horses around the city or they walk. People say “hola” when they pass by you. We would be out at 9:00 pm walking dark streets making our way back to our room, and never felt threatened or in danger. People had coffee beans out drying in the sun. I would see them raking them one way in the morning and then in the afternoon they would rake them a different direction. I don’t think I heard the honk of a horn while I was there. I had breakfast on a veranda and was able to see the huge extinct volcano that overlooks the city. Each morning I watched brilliantly colored green birds fly in and out of the trees. I even drank my coffee black because there was no cream.
I question in my mind many times “what is wrong with our world?” I am not a great philosopher! But I do have some thoughts that might make a difference. I look at the life of Christ and I see a simple life. A life with few possessions but yet a life that I believed was lived to the fullest. Maybe the answer is not “more is better.” Maybe we need to slow down a little and enjoy the many blessings that God has given us. I know that that is easier said than done. Maybe begin by watching thirty minutes less of TV at night and make that a quality time with your family. Instead of constantly looking at Facebook or checking for messages on your phone, you could devote some time to reading from God’s word. Would things be any better if you thought of a way to be a blessing to others? A little girl gave me a simple gift of Chiclets and I felt blessed. Could you set down with your children or grandchildren and make a card to send to someone who needed to be cheered up. Jesus went about doing good things for people. I know we can’t do all the miracles and good deeds that Jesus did, but I am convinced that with a little planning and prayer we could make a difference. The neat thing is that it can be as simple as a little package of Chiclets given with love. Let’s slow down and work on ways to make a real difference.
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