When I spent a few months in Africa I learned so much about the culture. It is really one of my favorite cultures in the world. I love how joyful and charismaic they are. I love how they dance and sing. I love how deeply spiritual they are. They are friendly and open (some at least).
I feel because Africa doesn’t have as much “stuff” as America they somehow get the idea of “faith” a little better then us. Its so much more real to them because they are in so much more of a dependency and need for God. Their faith is so strong, because for some its all they have. In the US we have plenty. We have so much opprotunity and choices we become self sufficient and tend to take on a “I can do it myself” attitude because we are given so much abundance to do so. I have to die to my flesh everyday because I am bombarded with the “American dream lifestyle” that seems so pretty and alluring… “Yes! Once I have that then I will be happy!” just to end up empty and then in search of the next thing to satisfy my heart. But through my own trial and error. My own experiences. I have learned that though I can get temporary happiness through material items and success, It never stays satisfied for long. The only thing that can satisfy my heart and soul is a relationship with Jesus Christ. My savior. My maker. My redeemer. My father. The best thing I can ever do on this earth is get to know him better. Know his character and follow his footsteps.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
Luke 4:18 (ESV)