Its been two months since we left our new friends in Thailand and we can honestly look back and say this particular trip was life changing for both of us. Not just because it was our first trip overseas, or because we experienced new foods, places, relationships, and ways of life. It changed the way we love, the way we think, the way in which we desire to live. Life was different in Thailand. Slower. More focused. There was a simpleness to the everyday things that we, in Ameirca, spend too much time worrying about and wasting energy on. It was refreshing to be around people who are physically and mentally able to focus on what matters most without many of the distractions we encounter in our day to day lives in America.
They probably don't know it, but Bro Paul and Sister Susan each frequently repeated five words during our stay with them. Often when discussing some strenuous task at hand, a difficult day before them, or their dealings with troublesome times in the mission field, they promptly replied with..."but, it's not about us". We still repeat it after being away for two months. It captured me in a way that I can not describe and it continues to lighten the blow of any situation that comes our way. We must remember that the bumps in the road ahead were placed there for us by a God who will assist us up and over each one as He sees fit. I'm sure thankful that this life is "not about me" because my story would be awfully empty without a God who gives it life and hope for the days ahead.