Friday, July 6, 2007

Worn Out!

Spencer W. Kimball once said, "I feel that my life is like my shoes—to be worn out in service to others." Isn't this a great picture? We went and watched the kids from the Children's Resource Center play soccer one day and these are the shoes one man was wearing. When I saw them I thought of this quote and how the only way to wear something out like these shoes are is to use it or wear it ALL the time. These shoes didn't get this way after just a game or two.
It's funny how life ten thousand miles or so from where we live seems so much different, and, yet the same. I don't really get caught up in the mundane, daily responsibilities in Zambia like I do here. No worries about laundry to be done or fixing dinner. Well, maybe that's because someone else takes care of both of those things for us while we're there! But truly, I find myself letting go of the not-so-important things and focusing on what is really important: people and what I can do, even in the smallest ways, to serve them. Whether it's the American volunteers, our Zambian staff or those darling kids in the village, I find it so easy to put first things first and focus on building relationships, even if it's only for a day. So that's my new commitment: wear myself out -- not with baking, or running or cleaning, but instead with service and having eyes to see ways I can help and give.

*Nate posted a bunch of great pictures from out trip. Check them out! www.boyce.zenfolio.com

6 comments:

Kris said...

I love this entry, you've inspired me.

kristina said...

Welcome home to both of you! Glad you made it back in one piece, the London experience notwithstanding. Just a reason to go back another time.

Anniebanannie said...

It is so true! I just had a conversation with someone today about how travel, and just taking "time out" from our every day lives inspires us to do more for others. We gain a greater perspective on things, the more we leave home and see what the rest of the world is like.

brittany said...

DIANNA! Greetings from chicago. hey, I just got the link to your blog from anne's blog so i have had fun reading all about your wonderful life. i am looking forward to keep reading and staying updated! Brayton and i are moving back to sacramento at the end of the summer so we will have to get together. until then...the blog will keep us togeher!

Brittany said...

also, how was africa?

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