Monday, March 31, 2014

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ― Winston Churchill

It is very easy to feel frustrated and to want to give up when project after project doesn’t go the way we had hoped.  Still, we were not called to be a success but to be willing to try—over and over again, so, we do.  We want so much for these wonderful people, but we don’t always know the best way to do things.  Frequently, we don’t have the funds, or the skills, or the opportunities, or the permission we need, or the equipment we need, or the medicine we need, or—well, you get the idea.  It’s one thing to be able to see what is needed and quite another to be able to accomplish it.  We only had three days of specific training to be missionaries, but we have had lifetimes of trial and error and years and years of education and training in other fields.  John never thought his skills in computer science which were so common in the United States would be so valuable here—and so needed.  He came to visit for a week and has stayed over eight years, doing what he can, teaching where he can, and just for good measure, building soccer fields, putting in pumps, and teaching sanitation and hygiene along the way.  Karen has taught children, taught techniques, taught teachers, and has learned as much as she has taught.  We do what we can even when we know that what we are doing is not enough, yet it is something.  If you want to move a mountain, you have to begin by moving a few small rocks.  We can do that.  We can’t change everything, but we can change some things.  We can’t accomplish great things, but we can accomplish simple things that may lead to great things.  We don’t know how many lives we’ve saved, or how we have affected the lives of the hundreds of people whose lives we have touched.  I have baptized, preached, and taught in the name of Jesus Christ.  Many have come to accept Jesus and the hope and forgiveness He offers.  Many have learned how to keep their families safe, and thousands have clean, safe water to drink—one biosand filter at a time.  It is not about banquets, awards, plaques, and honors.  It is about doing the simple things we know how to do and not quitting because we get discouraged.  Failure is not in the falling down—it is in the not getting back up.  So far, we have always struggled back to our feet and continued to follow our call.  It is not much, but it is everything.
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