I’ll Be Back…
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know since November I’ve been posting three times a week. That’s pretty good for a guy who in April couldn’t figure out how to consistently do just one blog a week.
But I’m going to be out of country the next couple of weeks, and I won’t be posting while I’m gone. But, I’ll be back.
At least, some version of me.
See, we’re going to Guatemala. For a mission trip. Which in this case is about doing something for those poor souls who live way back in the mountains. Where there’s no electricity for miles and miles. No running water. Not much of anything, in fact. They call it the middle of nowhere.
As I’m writing this, listening to my house hum and buzz and click and glow, with it’s appliances and devices and it’s little green and blue LED power lights indicating that I’m still being automatically cared for, I can’t help but think about the next 10 or so days with a little, I don’t know…
A little smile on my face.
It’s been a long time since I’ve spent any real time someplace without all the comforts of home. And, we’re not just ‘roughing it,’ we’re going to work. The plan is for our little group to build 20 houses in a small village where mostly Mayan widows and orphans live. We’re “giving back” and “serving.” You know, it’s a mission trip.
Yet I can’t help but feel like I’m getting the better end of the deal. Yes, it will be uncomfortable at times. Yes, it may be cold at night. We’ll be eating food we’re not used to. We’ll be sleeping (or trying to) on “cots” of sorts in unfamiliar surroundings with lots of unfamiliar noises and we’re sure to be largely sleepless (those who’ve been before can almost guarantee it).
I can’t wait.
I can’t wait because I need a perspective reset. It’s time to get a different look at what I’m doing, how I’m approaching life. If we don’t put our values under the microscope from time to time they can shift beneath us without us realizing we’re off course.
We begin to take things for granted, and we don’t realize we’ve slipped into… well, whatever we’ve slipped into.
A quiet place that doesn’t hum and buzz and click and blink with the sounds and glow of my needs being met – ensuring my comfort without me even thinking about it – sounds like a pretty good setting in which to do that. To unplug and refresh, reevaluate, and refocus.
To get out of the Matrix.
And all I have to do is help build 20 little houses.
But, I’ll be back…
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