Ahojťe! Life is great and getting better! This week I had a pretty special experience. One day, we were coming back to the train station in Vrutký to get back home. A funny thing about Europe is you have to pay to use most bathrooms, and of course, we needed to use the bathroom at the train station. We walk up to the little door, and a man steps out to collect the fee. This man had it pretty rough. One leg was considerably shorter than the other, so was the arm on that side. On top of this, he was “Roma”, or a dark skinned immigrant. These people have terrible stereotypes here of being theives, beggars, lazy, and many other things. This man was not any of those things, all though he obviously was not being paid much. What he did next is what really hit me. He leaned forward and looked at our tags. When people find out that we are missionaries here, the reactions generaly are not great, so I braced myself. He then read aloud “Církev Ježíše Krista”, then he began to wave his hand and say, “no charge”. I was shocked. He had absolutely every reason to accept the money, it was his source of income. I began to talk with him and discovered that he had an even more rough life than I had thought. He explained the countlss surgeries that he had needed, and how greatful he was that we had a God who loved us. I found a verse that I think perfectly reflected his attitude. It was Mosiah 2:23-24, which reads:
23And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
David is a great example of this for me. Even when life is tough, we still have something to be greatful for. Even when the world gives us every reason to be one way and blend into the crowd, we can be better and make life a little brighter for someone else. I’m really trying to be better at that this Christmas. And I know that as we do, we will see miracles in our day to day lives and our world will be a little brighter too.