I read "riding the bus with my sister" by Rachel Simon earlier this month. I'd highly recommend it. It's the author's true story of how she spent a year riding buses with intellectually disabled sister Beth. Rachel was concentrated on the "successful life", building a career and that was her life. In her year riding the buses, seeing a different side of life and talking to the bus drivers and her sister she came to see how empty her life was. One thing that caught my attention was the conversations with the bus drivers. These are people often overlooked and they had lots of wisdom to share. In thinking about self-sufficiency I don't ever want to get to the place where I think I can't learn from another person. The challenge is to take the time to stop and listen to people, to their stories and experiences. I often want to get in and offer my opinion, or story instead of just really listening. To watch them and learn from their life.I was reading Prov 10 the other night and this is what I wrote in my journal:
That's pretty straightforward. I'm trusting God to help me learn to accept both wisdom and service from whoever they come.