Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Consider it Pure Joy

Countless times in my life I have praised the Lord for a woman in my church that made me memorize the first chapter of James when I was a young boy. The words "consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds for you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance" have seared my heart and my mind, and the Lord has used His words often to remind me to give thanks.

These words came to mind once again yesterday after my car was impounded by my friends in the Mexico City police force. After refusing to pay a bribe, my good buddy happily (actually he wasn't real happy) escorted me and my teammate to the local car impound, which made us late for an important meeting to forge a partnership with another Mexican ministry. It wouldn't have been so bad had I not broken my favorite K-State mug (a giant graduation present) that morning. And that wouldn't have been too bad had my cell phone not been stolen out of my pocket the day before. (I really am smiling here.)

After traveling for two more hours to the north side of the city without a car, I chuckled as I waited for my last connecting ride to the house where our two ministries were meeting. I couldn't help but laugh as I thought of all the blessings in my life and the ways Satan tries to bring discouragement. It seemed a little ridiculous that I had been so upset earlier in the day given the incredible trials so many others have to go through. What a privilege to partake in the expansion of our King's reign.

Thankfully our hosts we're very gracious and we forged the first of many firm partnerships that will help us launch movements on the more than 400 university campuses in Mexico City.


Chris Barker said...

What is the bribe to unimpounding cost ratio? I know if is the principle of it all but I want to learn a little more about the culture. I loved traveling here there and everywhere in Puebla. What a great time!

Joe Cross said...

He told me it would cost about $240 (US) to get my car back. He asked me to pay him $100. I wasn't real sure on the actual fine, but as a commitment to the Lord, I refuse to pay any bribes. It turns out that it only cost me $35 to get my car back (and it wasn't even a whole lot of hassle). Thanks Jesus.