Yesterday, in the midst of trying to do everything, I was blessed with being able to read Joann Pittman’s Living Well Where You Don’t Belong post on communicating.across.boundraies~ .
Having been a high school for a year and dreaming of doing it again, I just love this blog as a way to begin to really understand that particular calling.
As I look back on yesterday, tending to the needs of the congregation and of my family, with a few adjustments, Pittman’s blog could easily be translated to the life of a Christian.
Christians are, by definition, foreigners in a strange land.
We have been adopted into God’s World, but continue to live in the midst of this fallen creation.
We live between knowing and striving for a life as your disciples, yet we are immersed in a reality full of events and people and “stuff” that pulls us easily in another direction.
We can be as easily confused, being drawn to what is shiny and new and exciting, thinking what everyone else is doing is what we should be doing.
The one major difference is that while being an expat one needs to find a balance without judgement, being a Christian we do need to discern between the society we are immersed in and God’s Will.
As with Joann Pittman, living in China she knows that she can never be a local. She will always be an outsider. For Christians, the line is not as easy to see…yet, if we honestly try to follow our faith, we too are outsiders.
Joann also faces daily struggles and difficulties, but there are also amazing and wonderful benefits.
As an “expat”, it is normal to feel and know that we don’t fully fit in to the society in which we live – be that America or China or anywhere else. We are, and should be, not fully comfortable and never, fully, a local.
Lord, help us as we are expats in this world, do our best to live honestly and truthfully according to Your Will. Help us be tolerant of our struggles and discern between what is of You and what is of this foreign land. Amen.