Wednesday, September 10, 2014
One such item is a very special Mt. Dew can (seen in this picture). If you look closely you'll see that it doesn't actually say "Mt. Dew"...at least not in English.
I was on a trip to Russia back in 2007, and feeling pretty low - going through culture shock, missing my wife, missing "normal" food...and missing Mt. Dew. I shared that sentiment with one of the Russian guys that I had become friends with - Artyom. He could tell I wasn't doing well, and that afternoon he called a friend who was on his way out to the camp we were at to bring me the can of Mt. Dew. Just a simple act. A $.50 can of soda.
There's a principle that I've learned from a few different people (Andy Stanley, Reggie Joinner). Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. What Artyom did for me was something that he didn't - and couldn't - do for everyone of us Americans at the camp. But he did for me.
Honestly, Artyom probably doesn't remember buying me this can of soda. But I do. I still have the can to show for it. It's important to me. (In fact I just about cried one time I thought a middle schooler had opened it in my office when I wasn't looking.)
Community is often simply the small, seamingly meaningless acts of generously giving to someone. People we care about. People who need a boost. People who need an encouragement. People who need a Mt. Dew.