April 24, 2008

Taking a sip from the cup of JOY

I have recently been challenged recently both by the Joyce Meyer study we are doing in Mom’s Group – Battlefield for the Mind - and also through watching a friend here work through some tough circumstances.

My life here in Africa can either be good or hard and I truly can decide what it is going to be.

I can either focus on the fact that I really miss my family and that my nieces and nephews are growing up without me in their lives, the fact that the crime here is ridiculous and that I need to always be alert and watchful so I don’t become a victim, that ministry is hard and unfamiliar, I make cultural blunders, I don’t understand enough language to get their jokes, I can’t buy some of my favorite things to eat here, imported things from America you have to pay too much for, our car is too small, the cost of gas, and on and on…

OR I can remind myself that being a missionary has been my dream since I was in High School, we are living in one of the most modern cities in Africa so it could be a whole lot worse, the people here are super friendly, forgiving and accommodating when I make mistakes, we have a wonderful church family and are deepening friendships with many people, I am in a great Bible study, the sunsets are amazing, African game parks are SO fun, the ocean is warm, we have internet and web cams for keeping in touch with our families, we love our work here, my husand is watching the baby so I can get some computer time…you get the picture.

My friend started a blog called “instead…bless”. It is this same concept. Instead of complaining…bless. Instead of focusing on yourself…bless others.

It truly is in my mind and I can choose. Today…I choose JOY!

1 comment:

klyn said...

It was great to see you last month! Thanks for spreading yourselves thin so we could share a part of you, your experiences, and your precious girl!

It was so good to read your comments about where our focus is...on our litany of "have nots" or the amazing "haves" that we are blessed with by our Father!!

What is our contentment based on as we are on this journey? I see that my contentment is always connected to the contents of my heart, my mind - to what I treasure. Luke 12:34!

Thanks, Janell! Your contrasting lists provide examples of ways I can pray for you and join you in praising Him.