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On the Subject of Gratitude...


Thursday, July 18, 2013

I work in an old school building, and they get pretty hot in the summer time. Because of this, the district has provided bottled water for the students, to make sure they stay hydrated. And our principal has even provided big thermos jugs of cold crystal light - knowing kids prefer flavors - and cups, dispensed in the hall.
So, enter a student, late. His excuse? He "had to" go to the 7-11 at the corner to get something to drink because the bottled water wasn't COLD.
Flash back, 2006, mission trip down the Puinahua, a tributary or canal off the Ucayali in Peru, with my pastor friends Jorge and Sabina, 3 lads from Lima - Elvis, Cesar, and Jhon - and a youth pastor from Iquitos, Michael.The lancha (boat) serves meals to its passengers, rice cooked in river water, oatmeal cooked in river water, beans cooked in river water...

We also bring our own supplies, including bottled water.
But it runs out by the time we reach the 3rd village, Atun Pozo. (which has since been abandoned, I understand.) They are delighted to have us come to them, isolated as they are. They serve us a luscious soup of the ugliest fish in the world, carachama.


It's hot. I'm thirsty. They serve water from their local source - maybe a pond, maybe the river we just arrived on



The water is...cloudy...Gray...It HAS been boiled. I look at one of the pastoras a little doubtfully. "Shall I?" She quoted from Mark 16:18 "cuando beban algo venenoso, no les hará daño alguno" (when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all). It was hard to get past the taste though. But there were lemons in abundance, and they even had sugar. So I squeezed a couple of big lemons into it, added some sugar, and drank it down.

And here is this...ungrateful...SPOILED...
there is FREE BOTTLED WATER, clean, pure, filtered..."it's not COLD."

Man, I'd like to ship you off to a Third World country to drink what MOST students of the world have to drink!
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JESUSLUVSYOU 7/18/2013 10:53PM

    Your trip to Peru sounds like a life-changing experience. I'm hoping to be able to go to Ethiopia inane Haiti the next few years and bring my kids. Thanks for sharing!

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COLLEENROSTE 7/18/2013 8:24PM

    the attitude of gratitude doesn't come naturally, it has to be nurtured and developed with diligence. pity that student who hasn't learned to be thankful for clean water- and shame on him

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PATRICIAAK 7/18/2013 7:30PM

    That upsets me about as much as an 'entitlement attitude' of some people who expect the government (taxpayers) to give them whatever (phones, food, housing, medical card, shoes, power wheelchairs, etc.) because they are 'entitled' to it, yet they seem to have money for cigarettes, lottery, etc.

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RGEETING 7/18/2013 7:12PM

    Ego-eccentric people find it hard to think outside of themselves... and I guess, in one way or another, in one degree to another - we all are... some of us have awakened to reality, and some haven't... yes - it would be good for this young student to experience a little bit of the world outside of his sphere of influence...

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GLITTERFAIRY77 7/18/2013 6:19PM

  RIIIGHT???? I am sooo thankful for clean water!

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