Back from New Mexico

Well, I’m back from an extended trip – a little vacation mixed in with one of my favorite missions. It is an honor to be a part of Mission Navajo. Many of you know my passion for these friends, and I am blessed time and time again as I return to the Gallup, New Mexico area for another visit. They have much to teach us about life i.e what’s important and how to use possessions and time differently. While their county is one of the poorest in the nation, most of them live with little yet possess more joy than many people God places on my path. Yes, heartache exists there as well, but primarily for reasons foreign to you and me.

Owning things is what white people’s lives are about. Our way teaches people to want, want, want; what we don’t have is new and better. Their culture is steeped in sharing vs. acquiring, and I see it every time I revisit. My Navajo friends have little but give generously. Sadly, they are seeing their younger generations moving away from the old Indian way, where everything was shared and every part of something was used in a creative and industrious way, wasting little if anything.

Scores of our clients experience this joy once they’ve worked through the physical and emotional clutter that surrounds them. However, the ongoing blessing and curse of living in America is the constant surrender of remembering that less truly is more.

Surrendering once again,

Patty

“The things you own end up owning you.” – Fight Club