Here is something from my journal I wrote back in november. I thought it was still interesting so I thought i would share it with you!
We put our time and money to things we care about. It is definately a true check about where our hearts are. Whether its to protect ourselves or to serve others. I find it really interesting to sit down and really see where my money is going. Honestly its something I struggle with. Most of my money goes to a cup of chai tea to sit in coffee shop. Another thing is to look at what we are praying for. Are we only praying for immediate things that effect us? or are we praying for things like finding the cure for cancer? These things I am constantly challenged by. The thought of constantly loving more then what I think I have the capacity for is a hard thought. The ability to love more only comes from God and I can only rely on God for that. Pastor Keith uses the phrase: “We cannot expect to change a culture by looking exactly like it. We have to be different. Being polite does not make you a good christian, it makes you a good human .” If we change what we pray for ourselves and change that to praying for others and change how we spend our money so that it truely honors god. Things would be different.If we put down our thoughts of “I need to witness to someone” and change that to “I need to live out the picture of love God has painted for me” I think something real would happen. It ges beyond just tinking and helping the needy. It is a true thought and actuion change. Your whole point of view changes about people. Its hard, it is an every day moment by moment thing where every decision is important.
We have become the pharisees Jesus so persistently spoke out against. The sad thing is that we don’t even realize it.
I have tried to explain Sedro many times. So I have made a list that seems to describe my life in Sedro pretty well.
1.)Driving into Sedro you notice that no one…no one drives the speed limit. You always drive at least five under. If you are in a fifty mile an hour zone guarenteed you will be doing less then fourty.
2.) When I come home the first thing to greet me as I step out of the door of my car is a whole flock of chickens waiting for a handout.
3.) Soon after I enter the house I see something small and black out of the corner of my eye. I realize its my cat and I will have a shadow for the rest of the time I am at home.
4.) There are people here who do not know what facebook is…good luck explaining twitter…
5.) The biggest “festival” is the logger rodeo. Basically its where a bunch of loggers get together ride bulls and horses carve up trees.
6.) Where else but in a small town does a whole line of traffic on both sides of the road wait for a family of ducks to cross the road to get to a pond.
Let me first tell you that I am really excited to be traveling to Korea! I think I will be leaving sometime early June. I can’t wait to experience a culture outside of my own that I don’t know much about. I’m really excited to be able to experience it not as a tourist who only sees a little bit in a two or three week period and goes to all the souvenir shops. I’m excited to experience the ups and downs and truly be apart of the Korean culture .
I have started to learn to speak Korean. It has been a lot of fun so far. I can now say annyeong-haseyo, which is a very long way to say hi. I can tell you my name, and I know some Korean names. I was doing great until it asked me to look at the Korean characters and decipher what words were written.
It gives me some Korean characters and then tells me to look in the back of the book and decode what it is the message is. Sounds like middle school brain teasers all over again. So, the Korean language is grouped by syllables. There is a grouping of characters that make up the syllable and each of the characters represents a different letter. Sounds like it makes sense, huh? Well, its also a possibility in some circumstances that one character could stand two different letters. Urg!
So basically that means that there is a cluster of letters in a ball, that I have figured out which may or may not be the correct letters, but I don’t know what order to put them in! I’m not sure how I am going to be able to get around in Korea!