I don’t think I’ve mentioned it enough, but the people around whom I live are extremely kind to me. I’ve thought about that a lot today.
You see, the people of Belarus are a kind, friendly and good-humored nation. I have heard it said that the patience and peacefulness of the Belarusian people has been determined by the nation’s history that has been darkened by endless wars which the Belarusians did not start, but to which they fell victim. Over the years I have observed that Belarus is welcoming to visitors and interested in sharing its culture, traditions and sense of community with them. This nature of hospitality is not unlike the area in the United States where I spent many years of my adult life: The South. :-)
Though I am able to have enjoyable conversations with those around me regarding the weather, coffee, and other general sorts of things, I often become discouraged when introducing anything that regards the soul into these conversations. As friendly as they may be, I am living in the middle of a people who often give the impression they are just not ready to have a life-changing experience (though, who can say they are ever really “ready” to accept a change so great as salvation at any given moment?).
This perception is often an excuse I use to decide what I should and shouldn’t say in uncomfortable situations.
On a related note, I was grateful to read a particular passage by Tim Keller this morning before work. In an effort to wrap this up and to catch up with Walter in a few minutes, I’ll just share it with you here in hopes that it might also encourage another out there as it encouraged me…
OH! Before I paste the excerpt and split, I wanted to remind you to be sure to check the blog tomorrow as there will be good reason! I apologize to my Belrusian friends, but this puzzle and its spoils will be of greater benefit to those reading in America!
Alright. Good evening and happy reading: