Well, so much for updating my blog every week. I'm a bit overdue, but here goes...
This past Tuesday marked my first full month that I've been here - I can't believe it! In the past four weeks I have:
- eaten lots of gallo pinto
- traveled to San Juan del Sur
- visited two volcanoes (Masaya and Mombacho)
- spent a couple days with my grandpa in Nandaime
- learned fun, new vocabulary words like
- Googlear = to Google
- policía acostado = speed bump (literally "lying down policeman")
- learned a new meaning of "personal space" traveling by bus
- played lots of Go Fish and War with my host-brother
- been really hot,
- and gone to school.
I live in a really nice neighborhood where I have basically all the comforts of home (except for hot water, but it's so hot here anyway, so it doesn't even matter), and I attend a nice, private university here, but living in Managua there is no way to avoid seeing the poverty in which so many people live. One thing that has been on my mind lately is the realization that the way I and most of the other people in the US live is not normal. To the majority of the world, having all the things that we consider "normal" things to have - like hot water (let alone any clean water), the guarantee of food for the day, indoor plumbing, the opportunity to receive an education of any sort, owning a vehicle, electricity, etc - are not normal to most of the people in the world. It's hard seeing some of the guys and girls my age here and thinking about how different our lives are in those regards.
God's given me so much, and it's not because I've done anything to deserve it. What He's given me is a huge blessing for which I am so thankful, not nearly thankful enough - but it's also a responsibility. As a Christian, saved by grace alone through the work of Jesus Christ, God has given me the two greatest commands in His Word which are to love Him and to love others as I love myself. Loving others means so many things, but it also means loving people practically.
- In Matthew 25:33-40 Jesus says, "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and You visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the king will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' "