Dear readers, hello!
If you already follow my blog, you’ll get the idea pretty early on that this isn’t my typical blog post. I don’t generally focus so heavily on what I’m doing. But I began a new season of life two weeks ago, and the change most definitely affected my blogging habits.
At this time of the year, there are no Bible classes. The center focuses on providing a place of retreat for church groups, and on hosting our own events where anyone from the community is welcome (think Christmas open house).
Typical volunteer tasks include doing dishes, meal preparation, outdoor maintenance, cleaning, etc.
My individual focus is slightly different. I’m not working around the Bible school property so much as I am in the home of the director and his family. I do some of their laundry, most of their personal dishes, I help to maintain tidiness in the house and I play with their three young girls.
Life lessons God has been putting on my heart:
- God stays the same. He’s constant through the changing seasons of life.
- Community is invaluable (even for introverts!).
- Seeking God and resting in Him are two ways of honoring Him with my time and resources.
- Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and there is some value in looking after them.
- God communicates to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit. They won’t contradict each other.
- God wants relationship with us; two-way communication and interaction which can’t be reduced to a system.
- Worldly traditions and biblical traditions all seem to get slurred together around Christmas time (this is more of an observation and an ongoing contemplation).
And just for fun…
Distinctions between life in Japan (in winter) and life in Cambodia (which is kind of summer all year round):
- The crunch of frozen soil under my boots
- Seeing my breath in the morning air… and in the midday air
- Frozen fingers and frozen toes
- Beanies/tuques, boots, mittens, coats and layers of other clothes underneath
- Clean, crisp and clear air
- Kerosene heaters
- Leaving some taps running overnight to prevent the pipes from freezing
Hopefully, this post has provided you with some details to fill in the blanks regarding what I’m up to these days.
Please tell me, did any of the life lessons I listed strike you as interesting or relevant? Are you in summer or winter? Have you ever volunteered anywhere? I look forward to interacting with you in the comments section.