Tuesday, April 29, 2014
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett
If Tom Bodett is right (see above) then I am more than truly happy because I have more than just one someone to love, more than just one something to do, and much more than just one something to hope for. Yesterday’s blog may have seemed a little bit down, but if you Google “missionary depression” you will get over eight and half million sites, so a little depression is just an occupational hazard. However, if you Google “missionary joy” you get more than eight point eight million sites—more joy than depression according to Google and according to me. We have a good friend who is a retired missionary from here now living back home in England. He wrote this just the other day, “I remember you arriving in Bunda. I remember worrying for you, that you might be overwhelmed by Africa.” He was right to be worried, but he didn’t stop with that statement. He continued, “I now stand in awe of all that the two have you have achieved and continue to do despite the trials of Africa and your health problems. May God continue to bless you both.” He was right about the trials of Africa and he was right about our health problems, but as they say here, “Ndivyo ilivyo, or what can you do?” We would have had the same health problems wherever we lived (well, maybe not the malaria and typhoid) but aging problems are aging problems wherever you are. And Africa is not the only place that brings trials with it. We read the news of America and are worried constantly about our family and friends there. I am blessed to have my wife and family to love, the work of the call of Christ here in Africa to do, and the hope that those we help will have better, richer lives full of hope for the future—the hope that the love of Jesus Christ brings with it. We thank Martin Fannon for his kind words that I quoted above. He and his wife, Sue, remain good friends and I love to see comments to the blog coming from England via his computer. We are blessed, and we know it. Do you have what Tom Bodett says you need to be truly happy? Did you notice that material possessions, fame, and societal importance were not on his list? I’ve always liked him—he did the commercials for Motel Six that always ended with “We’ll leave the light on for you.” Our light is always on for you, too. Come see us and learn about joy.