Sunday, September 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

It is very hot today.  TIA  It is very dusty and windy today.  TIA  There is a lot of singing and loud preaching from the nearby Baptist church.  TIA.  We are having to rethatch some of the roof.  TIA  If you haven't figured it out yet, TIA stands for This Is Africa.  It's what we say anytime someone complains about something that is to be expected here.  We have said it so often that local Africans have started using it.  You could use a lot of similar acronyms in your own life.  TIA could stand for This Is America, but when we lived there, there was very little that happened that was expected or normal.  I remember a neighbor who used to say that it was unseasonably  hot, or unseasonably rainy, but the truth was that there never any "seasonal" weather to act as a norm.  According to the news we read here, things have gotten downright weird over there.  Luckily, there are some "norms" you can apply to all life everywhere and they come from the Bible, from your church, from fellow Christians, and from wherever God intersects with your life.  To forgive instead of seeking revenge is not a "norm", it is unexpected except from true Christians.  To love your enemies, to pray for those who persecute you, these are not what people expect, except for Christians.  If we truly go where Christ leads us, we leave what is expected by this world.  Paul told us that what he formerly valued, he now saw as rubbish.  That's what it is like to be a Christian, to be unlike those of this world, but we can do it.  It is truly liberating.  Set yourself free, follow Christ.
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