You may have noticed that things have been a bit different around here lately, at least I hope you noticed...you were reading...weren't you? Since the beginning of December, life has been anything but normal here at our house. It is amazing how a mission trip can impact the family!
As with many life changing experiences, I came home from Haiti with a completely different view of life, not just theirs, buy my own as well. I thought a list may be in order of ways I think my life will change as a result, so here we go!
TOP TEN WAYS MY LIFE WILL CHANGE THIS YEAR
- Although I love me some alone time (no more hiding at home), I also love hanging out. This year I'm going to spend more intentional time with friends.
- While we're spending time together, I want our relationships to be deep and meaningful. No more shallowness or fear of asking deeper questions.
- Although I love my time blogging, I have realized that it has overtaken other things that are more important...it is time to gain some perspective.
- My eyes have been opened to many new social issues that I find appalling. I hope to find a couple that really click with me and lend my support through exposure and support here on my blog.
- I want to do more reading and studying God's word.
- Haiti has now taken up residence in my heart. There is not a day that has passed that my mind hasn't wondered to the people living there. I will be finding ways to continue helping the Pillatre Christian Center and community.
- God really showed me how He takes care of me, even in the smallest of ways, during my trip. I can't wait to trust Him with more of my every day!
- I've seen unbelievable poverty up close and personal. It has left a large hole of conviction about how I steward my resources. Big changes are coming.
- Witnessing God's love in action through others has changed me. I want to be his hands and feet everyday, not just on a mission trip. I'm praying about where I can love others who may not know the Lord.
- GIVE. I want to give more! Not just my belongs and financial support, but of myself to my friends and family. Selfishness of my time needs to take a backseat.
It may look like I just typed out a list of New Year's Resolutions.....but I didn't. I don't believe in those. This is a list of ways that I know God has already been working and wants to see a continued difference in me as a result of serving Him in Haiti. Did I know some of these things before going on a mission trip? YES. But upon returning home, God's purposes were even more clear to me. I can no longer ignore that still small voice asking me to do more, and be more.