The darkness we feel that closes in on us is an attempt to snuff out the treasure we carry, but the darkness actually serves the purpose of reminding us that the glory belongs to God and not us.
Chase the dream, it's worth the wait.
As you might have noticed, our podcast for Africa & Beyond that I've had connected here to the Cultural Misfit blog, now has not only an English broadcast but also Kiswahili/Kirundi broadcasts. Since many of you reading the Cultural Misfit don't understand these languages I'm disconnecting the podcast so your inbox isn't inundated with podcast…
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eiifz-b64119 Karibuni kusikiliza sehemu ya 2 ya mahubiri ya "Nguvu za Maneno Yetu." Mbarikiwe!
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5xwyv-b62e5f Nguvu za Neno la Mungu pt 1 This is our Kiswahili/Kirundi broadcast. Tune in weekly for the next episode.
On a side note, another innocuous change in me as a parent as I've grown older is found in my lunch offerings for my fourth child, our bonus baby. Yesterday, she had samosas (a fried slightly spicy meat pie that is the food of heaven) and marshmallows for lunch. I was tempted to feel "parent shame" until my oldest son (who I had messaged her menu to) said, "It's ok. Let her enjoy life." The student has become the teacher!
It's hard to live out our convictions in an increasingly hostile world - and I'm not only talking about the hostility we see on the news or internet. In our personal, day-to-day lives it's not uncommon to come face-to-face with intense rejection any time we choose to go against the grain of what is "the norm."