“The love for equals is a human thing- of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing- the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing- to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy- love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.”—Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat
arrived in korea!!
these past two weeks in myanmar flew by so fast, and even though I thought we wouldn’t be able to make much of an impact in only a few days, it’s kinda amazing how close we got to the people in a matter of hours :’)
thank you thank you thank you so much, God.
“The critical question for our generation -and for every generation- is this: If you could have heaven with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you’ve ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”—John Piper, God is the Gospel
i really want to be in guatemala again :’( i miss my team and jose and samuel and everyone at teen challenge and michelle, sochi, mariela, and i need to meet wilson again to see if he kept our promise!! i miss the little kids from the orphanage and the little kids in the village of sumpango and even those two little girls who made me eat leaves i miss cold showers and air mattresses and sleeping bags and cat… i miss everything someday, you’ll take me back there, right God?? someday~
haha thinking about guatemala again is making me really excited for myanmar GOD YOU’LL DO CRAZY THINGS THERE TOO RIGHT!?!??! right
“Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.”—Every Last One (Anna Quindlen)
“For many people, this is not obviously an act of love. They do not feel loved when they are told that God created them for his glory. They feel used. This is understandable given the way love has been almost completely distorted in our world. For most people, to be loved is to be made much of. Almost everything in our Western culture serves this distortion of love. We are taught in a thousand ways that love means increasing someone’s self-esteem. Love is helping someone feel good about themselves. Love is giving someone a mirror and helping him like what he sees.
This is not what the Bible means by the love of God. Love is doing what is best for someone. But making self the object of our highest affections is not best for us. It is, in fact, a lethal distraction. We were made to see and savor God—and savoring him, to be supremely satisfied, and thus spread in all the world the worth of his presence. Not to show people the all-satisfying God is not to love them. To make them feel good about themselves when they were made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors.”—John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life!