The minor repairs weren't quite finished today so my immersion into Africa driving was delayed a day. So, tomorrow I will venture out and drive through Lusaka. I had a good chat with my guard, Lungu, today. He lives in a compound called, "Garden." He told me that he is hoping to move to a different compound because the rent is getting to high. I asked him how much he is paying. He said he is paying 180,000 kwacha a month. That may not mean much to you, but 4000 kwacha equals one US dollar, so basically he is paying about $45 dollars a month for a one bedroom house in the compound. We deliver paychecks and a bag of meali-meal once a month on the 20th. So, I will be going to his house this Thursday to meet his wife. I asked about kids, and they have had five miscarriages, the last one went to 9 months and then the baby died. My heart breaks for this kind young man, full of smiles and a wonderful servant. He has worked the evening shift the last week and every night I see him reading his Bible.
Just a reality check for us all to give our kids a hug, appreciate our houses and be content...
I am reading Thomas Watson's The Art of Divine Contentment - Check this quote out: "Discontent is to the soul as a disease is to the body: it puts out of temper and greatly hinders its regular and sublime motions heavenward. For my part, I know of no ornament in religion that more bespangles a man than this of contentment... If there is a blessed life before we come to heaven, it is the contented life."
This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately, and I wanted to share a little of my conviction with you:)
Have a great day.