Typically speaking, one of the biggest things North Americans like myself lack in life, is perspective. In Canada, everything is accessible and attainable. If you need food there is almost always a grocery store nearby where you can spend your money on frivolous things like chocolate bars and marshmallows. Or, you can hop in your car and drive to the nearest Starbucks and place an order through a metal box with a microphone and a speaker in it and you don’t even have to get out of your car to pay for it and get it. We can often times get caught up in the desperate competitive need to have everything and want even more that we miss out entirely on one of the biggest most important aspects of interaction with other human beings, relationships. I guarantee if Jesus were still flesh and blood walking among us on this earth, He would not drink $5 coffee or drive a Hummer, and He definitely wouldn’t listen to Mumford and Sons. He’d be hanging out with the people that need His love the most, the people who are willing to live against the social standards of “More equals better.” He would be taking off His own coat to give it to someone with more of a need for it than He has.
Life down here in South America is amazing. I am blown away by how people here are so genuinely friendly. If we forget to smile and wave at someone as we are passing him or her they feel dejected. Motorists honk their horn ALL the time, so much so that their horns are worn in from so much constant pressure in one spot. They do not honk out of anger; they do it as a sign of greeting. The people with the least are the ones most willing to give up what they have for relationship. Coming from a society where time equals money, I am blown away by how willing the people here are to forfeit potential money if it means they can greet and spend time with me. God has blessed this country of Guyana so much and the people are aware of it and share it. I wish people from my country of Canada could open their eyes to God’s blessings more too.
God, I pray that you continue to rain blessings one the Guyanese and that countries like the States and Canada could be more aware of your blessings.
Tim Potter- January 2014 Leadership DTS Guyana OutreachRead More