Have you ever been on vacation with another family or had a family in your home for an extended period of time? As you observe their family culture, sometimes you think, “That’s such a sweet way they do that. I wish my kids would learn to… also. I like the way her husband does…” Sometimes you think, “That is really different from the way our family does that.” And sometimes you think, “OK, that’s not just different. That’s harmful. They don’t see the repercussions of the way they are doing that.” And then the trip is over, you’re not in such close quarters, and you can get over your annoyance or worry.
Well, it is as if we have moved in with a whole country of other families and we’re trying to get along with them. I really like the way they greet each other so warmly and they are so considerate when they say goodbye. They amuse me with their formality when the address a crowd. They are very proud of their city and their country. Some things are just different, not bad, like breastfeeding anywhere, while doing any thing, every fifteen minutes or so. And then there are the things that we see that are not just new, they are actually unhealthy, unbiblical, and sad. Will and I both have been struggling with judgmental thoughts and impatience with the culture at large. Please pray for us to see these people through eyes of love, to speak the truth in love as needed, to persevere in love, and to allow God to pour His love into our hearts. Thank you for helping us with those daily struggles that plague us.