paraglide

My friend Stefan in Slovenia has recently started doing this:

picture from http://flickr.com/photos/fongetz/

Jorge the Philosopher

A friend shared a thought with me today, during our regular Monday night meeting, from a Spanish Philosopher by the first name of Jorge.  It sparked some great discussion.  Here it is (well, actually this has been translated from Spanish into Hungarian, and now VERY losely into English).  “BROTHERHOOD: Live together in an honest and credible way without hurting each other, especially among those who regularly bear your childish outbursts of anger, despair, and disappointment (ie. those who are closest to you).  This childishness pollutes the air.  We shouldn’t just avoid physical dirt, but also the moral, spiritual, and emotional dirt.  Even if we are able to move beyond our childish behavior, which is always selfish, those deeds have been done and those words have been said (and there is need for forgiveness).  They can continue to pollute the air.  This childish selfishness and anger is like larva in the soul (eww, yuck).  It is a fire that becomes hotter than any argument and seeks to maintain further arguments while our maturity decreases (the cycle of “ungrace” as Yancey calls it).  In the visible world, we have different genders, cultures, and ages.  But we have God, we have faith, we have many everyday happenings that connect us.  In brotherhood, we take advantage of everything which unites us, and not those things which divide us.”  -spanish philosopher Jorge.

Debrecen English Camp

We’ve just finished five amazing days.  Five friends from North Carolina came to help us with an English Camp.  A couple hours after landing in Budapest, this jet-lagged team was hanging out with university students at English Club.  Over the course of the weekend, Donnie shared 10 thoughts on how to live a better life.  Five of them are:

  • Be intentional with your thoughts
  • Be thankful
  • Be accountable to someone
  • Tell those you love that you love them
  • Be Quiet

We spent Saturday morning at an orphanage in Debrecen, and we almost had too much fun.  I’d say that was a pretty significant time for all of us.  A highlight for me was when one of the young girls found the courage to sing a song for all of us.  Wow. 

After Valéria’s awesome scavenger hunt in the city center, had a Hungarian lunch, some English small groups, life-story sharing, and lots of games.  I won’t mention what time people went to bed.  🙂  This was an outstanding group of Americans who came to visit.  They brought so much fun, they shared their hearts, and they were real with us.  (Thanks Adam, Jill, Amanda, Adrien, and Donnie!!!!).  Personally, I feel refreshed and excited about life.  Here’s some pictures:

discovered

Os Guiness has reminded me recently that, as seekers and sojourners, we often start out searching, but we end up being discovered.  We think we are looking for something; we realize we are found by Someone.  I wonder if we sometimes can become overly occupied with the activity of knowing at the expense of being known.  It is a powerful thing to be known by Someone.

living

So it has been really really hot here.  The city has been passing out water (with gas) on the streets.  People are searching for shade wherever they can find it.  I think yesterday was a record breaker.  Yesterday I noticed three different plants in our yard.  There is this plant near the back of our house…I’m not exactly sure what kind of plant it is because it is completely dead, dried up and withered in the baking sun.  There is also a fern which is still alive, but the tips are completely brown, scorched by the high heat.  There is also some sort of vine that grows on our fence.  Though the heat has been incredible, this vine is thriving, growing, spreading, bearing fruit. 

Which kind of person am I?  Am I dying, surviving, or thriving?  What is it that causes me to really live?