It’s Saturday, and there’s a lot on my mind — but nothing I want to write about in detail. So here are a few of my current ponderings, in short:
- One of my pet peeves is when people travel to Africa (or elsewhere), see poverty, and then return to the states to tell everyone how content and happy the poor Africans are who live in mud huts. Here’s the deal: fallen people are fallen people. And they want stuff. The guy who lives in a small mud hut wants a bigger one, and the guy with a thatch roof wants a metal one. If you find true contentment, it’s because of Christ — not poverty.
- That said, there are indeed blessings that come with simplicity. I am experiencing them every day while here in Tanzania.
- You know how we like to ask and answer questions about what we’d take with us if stranded on a deserted island? Yeah, I think that’s not actually about being prepared for the situation, as few of us carry around swiss army knives, bibles, and David Beckham everywhere we go. Rather, I wonder if our interest in making these lists is really a subconscious desire to simplify our lives? We know we have too much stuff, and somehow our minds enjoy the process of determining what’s actually important?
- The difference between a hotel and a motel is hallways versus parking outside your room. I remember it by thinking halls = hotel, and motor vehicles = motel.
- When the World Trade Center was destroyed, I was at a coffee shop in Wuhan, China. It was about 10 or so at night, and we saw what we thought was a movie on television — until some Chinese who were present started apologizing to us. We went home and got on the internet to see what all this was about. The next day nearly every one of my students made sure to tell me how sorry they were about what had happened. Though I was far from the situation, I appreciated that a great deal. The Chinese don’t always agree with us on politics and government, but they were all very sympathetic towards me. It seems like so very long ago.
- If you’re looking for a running theme in this post, I suppose you’re out of luck. Really, this is just what I was thinking about. And you?