1. Amanda says:

    I love where this went. This is the perspective we need for everything–parenting, partnering, providing–a perspective that side-swipes fear and guilt and comes back with a grace so simple and wise it is also unexpected and utterly refreshing. Thank you.

  2. Chrystal says:

    I subscribe to quite a few blogs and there are days when I don’t get to many of them because life is too busy that day but I always read yours. So insightful, thought provoking and hopeful. Today’s was no exception. Thank you!

  3. Kelly says:

    Wow! How much you and the girls (Estella and Rosa) have grown over these 3 years already! Absolutely top rate article and insight.

  4. Vic says:

    Sweet reality. No use trying to escape it.

  5. Kay says:

    Oh yes, Beth. What a difference in perspective and so important! It is so difficult not to judge when faced with what we consider such lack. Thank you for another wonderful blog.

  6. Lucia Figueiredo says:

    lovely! obrigada!

    • Jen says:

      What does obrigada mean? I’ve never seen/heard that. My best guess is that it’s related to “obra” and means something like “good work”.

      Thank you, Beth, for another thought provoking post! I love this change in perspective.

  7. Staci says:

    This was my favorite post. I have come to love your writings. Thank you thank you!

  8. Erica says:

    Totally agree. Imagine what the whole world would look like if we starting thinking about the poverty of community in the US, and the wealth of human culture in indigenous areas. This has been part of my journey as well as I have learned to discard guilt and embrace happiness.

  9. saundra says:

    I come here for thoughtful perspective…..you never disappoint!!


  10. Heather says:

    Really good post! Thank you!

  11. Brooke says:

    I loved every kernel of this post!

    I just forwarded this post on to Georgia’s youth minister. It just struck me as a great framework for the kids as they prepare to take on missionary activities over the summer. Georgia is going to Guatemala in June with them, so for her, this will now be on her pre-trip required reading.

    Years ago, Clayton and I encountered two girls in Panajachel who sold pulseras in the streets and were also all done with school. Their names were Ruta and Helena. These wise young things made such an impression on us. Clayton got to go back a number of times over the years and witness their transformation. You took me back, girlie! Thank you!

  12. Lora says:

    This is a great post. I’m going to print those off and try to answer Yes to them as often as possible during my days with my boys at home for a start. Love this way you turned potential overthought guilt into precious connection.

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