Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Living So We Can Learn

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
~Douglas Adams

One of my favorite things about my husband is that he is a constant source of information. He reads anything with words and he remembers everything that he reads (I'm thinking I maybe need to write an essay about which hamper holds which kind of clothes so he can remember that as well.). As someone who reads primarily for entertainment rather than knowledge, it's reassuring to me to have someone around all the time who knows something about everything. I love that he refuses to simply get by with things that he already knows, but is always looking for ways to learn more.

Next week, I'm committing to read not just for entertainment, but also to learn. A group of bloggers is heading to Bolivia with World Vision in just a few days to write the stories of those who, day after day, must survive without things that anyone reading this blog almost certainly takes for granted. Clean water. Adequate food. Shoes. Access to education. For many around the world, even the mere act of living is one that is a challenge.

I admire these folks. They're leaving sick kids, loving spouses, and new babies behind to go into places that most of us don't even like to think about. And they are going with their hearts wide open so that they can tell the stories of children in ways that move more of us to action. They're sharing stories so we can step outside of our own existence and see what lies beyond the safety of our homes and churches.

They are sharing stories so we can learn. And in our learning, we can help others to live.

My heart is in Bolivia with the World Vision Bloggers

What is something that you've learned recently? How has it helped you to live more fully?


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