Reflections and Changes

Well, hello. I haven’t updated my blog in a while, so this post is long overdo. I hope everyone is doing well! I’ve been back in the country from my amazing summer of translating in Mexico for about 2 whole months now. It’s been quite a whirlwind, coming home and, it seems like, getting immediately slammed with school work, deadlines, due dates, etc.
But, my project of attempting to achieve solidarity with the poor has changed me, and it’s cool to see how aware I am that the choices I make affect others.
I’ve become more grateful as a result of this project, and that’s the biggest surprise for me: that being grateful for what I have and mindful of what others don’t has made me a happier person also.
Those are my reflections, to date. Now, for the changes in the project…
In my preaching class the other day, my professor asked us “besides this class, what makes you feel most alive?” The deeper question he wanted to arrive at was “where do you connect the most with God? Or how?”
I started thinking about it and decided that coffee shops, one in particular (Land of A Thousand Hills) is it for me. I do my best homework there, I frequently take my Bible study stuff there and I think I just really enjoy being around people. I function best as an introvert, so I don’t necessarily have a lot of interacting power with people, but I do get energized by being in the presence of people.
Lately, I have been spending all of my free time at Land of A Thousand Hills, writing a sermon for my required preaching class. All that to say that I’ve broken the eating out fast several times there, because I like to patronize places if I’m going to be using their free Wi-Fi.
But, I think that’s ok, because, I’m still going to have compassion funds and charities of the month. I think that, as long as the point is not lost, that its important to be mindful of those who have less than I do, then its cool to indulge in a cup of coffee and a roast beef croissant while I study or watch people commune, because it helps me feel connected and when everyone’s connected is when change starts to happen.

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