My Wobble Noggers and I have been at this “downsizing everything to get ready to go to another country” thing for about 3 months now, and we’re in the final stretch. In two days we will have moved into a much smaller home and will be ready to go anywhere in a heartbeat.
Life Tip: The more stuff you have, the bigger a house you need, which costs more, which inspires you to buy more things, which needs a bigger house. Lather, rinse, repeat, then die. Civilization is probably just defined as unambitious hoarding with electricity and nice ceramic pooping bins.
Ironically enough, our hardiness in the US will probably still be wimpy by comparison to the awesome folks we’re going to meet. It’s hard for the most hardcore American survivalist to contend with folks who have to dig a hole every time they need to take care of their business or start making mud when they feel a draft.
One of my personal pet peeves is when people repeat statements so often that they lose some of their gravity and impact. They often become indirect shorthand for other statements. The phrases “we are so blessed” and “the Lord has blessed us” are actually condensed versions of “I have a lot more stuff than I can remember off the top of my head, and I’m aware that other people don’t, but I’m okay with that”.
Christianity Tip: Being a Christian in America is really hard! I’d rather shove a large stubborn pack animal through a small opening. Always grease down any pack animals you try that on.
I have a good friend of mine that my Hooble Floofer and I visited, and we talked about our seemingly psychotic future missionary plans. He made an interesting case for balancing safety alongside faith. Obviously when you have a pregnant wife coming along with you, the situation is drastically different from being a single person signing up for a missionary life.
I know the balance must be struck between safety and faith, but that percentage ratio varies on the person, and a lot of that depends on the person’s actual faith they’ve been given by God (Romans 12:3-8). Paul makes it pretty clear in 1 Corinthians 7 that if you’ve got a wife and niños you should take care of them, but that it’s often a far more spiritually productive endeavor to stay single. I can vouch for that, since a family has all sorts of responsibilities that a singleness doesn’t involve. Diapers, for instance.
Parenting Tip: As much as common sense may dictate, if you brought someone into this world you cannot, in fact, take them out of this world without legal repercussions.
My Honey Bunches of Fluff and I are eagerly looking to raise our little Baby Bumpkin, but we’re facing a bit of pushback from our culture on how we’re handling pregnancy. If the back of James 4 is any indication, we have no idea if we are going to have a baby or it will miscarriage somewhere on the way. I don’t know about you, but I like to get emotionally attached more intimately to things I can guarantee.
Life Tip: The only thing you can guarantee is God and His nature. The rest is just a bunch of volatility that any faithful accountant will render as immaterial.