Things I’ve Been Learning Lately, vol. X

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Happy Friday night!  I hope yours is going well.

This past week was training week for missionary year 2.  I’ve done this song and dance before so a lot of the training was just a review for me, but spending a week getting to know my team better and just working and having fun with them was a joy.  And a learning experience.

Here are some things this week has taught me:

  • You can’t always get your way. You’ll be asked to do things that you don’t want to do.  The best thing to do in those situations is to do them anyway, with as much joy as you can muster.
  • Humility is one of the hardest things in the world. It’s so necessary.  But it’s hard.
  • Living the Christian model of JOY—Jesus, Others, Yourself—isn’t as easy as it might sound. Putting yourself last is so counter-cultural.  But love often demands sacrifice.

(I’m sensing a common thread through these first few points.  Anyway…)

  • Everybody loves and appreciates being offered food. If you ever need to extend hospitality or welcome to someone, offering food might be a good place to start.
  • It’s no bad thing to get angry or upset. We can’t beat ourselves up over feeling normal human emotions.  What matters is what we do with those things when we feel them.
  • Jesus’ mercy is everything.  Everything hinges on it.  It’s the difference between feeling shame and self-pity when we mess up and knowing that our mistakes don’t dictate our future.  What a treasure.
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