Less than a mile from our home is a local kampung. It is juxtaposed against a lovely compound with nice homes and a gate. I can’t help but notice the disparity. However, I also notice the happiness surrounding me. The kids may not have much, but their smiles are as big as Texas. They giggle and point at us as we go by them. Some even pose for a pic!! I am intrigued by a preschool that is in the midst of the kampung (kom-poong). Our friend explains that some expats are helping with it and He is there with these kiddos daily. I love the dark eyes peering out and the laughter surrounding us. I know it is easy to wish an easier life for those who live differently from us. Too quickly we forget they have much to teach us about contentment and joy. “I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.” Phillipians 4:12. What if I were to quit worrying about where to put this and that? What if I just enjoyed the time I have been given with those around me? What if in that contentment I was able to be His light because I made time to BE with Him instead of chasing after my to-do list? As you peruse the pictures, be sure to say thank you for the needs He has met, trust His hand for what you need, and, perhaps, ask to be freed from the burden of wanting more than you really need. I am in the midst of this prayer currently. Please lift us up as I seek to make a home here while remembering stuff doesn’t a home make.
4 thoughts on “Lessons from the Kampung”
Good food for thought! Where does our contentment and joy really come from? Love you!!
Hard thing to let sink deep. I like my stuff. 😔
God help us make each moment count and like Paul, learn to be content in whatever state we find ourselves …. help us to not miss YOU in ebery turn of life….
Love y’all and MISS you!!! ❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Amen. We miss you so much. The body is so beautiful here. You would be overwhelmed in the best of ways ❤️