One Shall Stand; One Shall Fall

The fruit of the spirit’s not a watermelon! The revelation of a childhood scripture and how it’s changed me.

Hello again, long time no see!

So I have been back in the western world now for 10 days and honestly, it’s been pretty strange. I’ve found it to be quite a challenge fitting back into the cycle of things; into a cycle that has stayed the same though I’ve changed so much in such a short amount of time.

For the last 3 months I’ve been constantly surrounded by people and haven’t had the opportunity to do things on my own. Having to have at least 1-2 other people with me at all times has pushed and challenged me in how I live every day. “Am I being loving? Am I being joyful? Am I being patient? Am I producing the fruits of the spirit?” went through my mind every single day at least 3 times a day. If I got annoyed with someone would getting upset and throwing a tantrum help the situation? Would it be edifying to Jesus? I loved the challenge of transforming into the person that I want to be. The kind of person people could look at and see as a reflection of Jesus. The kind of person that my parents and family would see an obvious difference in and be proud of. The kind of person that I could be proud to be. Don’t get me wrong, at times it was hard to keep my mouth closed or not get fired up but more often than not I would be unfazed. Growing up I would get so angry at the smallest things and slam doors, yell hurtful words, break my things and hurt people I cared about, particularly my sister (Sorry Ash)… So staying calm in these testing situations was a great surprise.

Galatians 5:22-23 took on a whole new meaning for me as you can probably tell and I know The Fruits of the Spirit is such a basic scripture… but man, it is so fundamental and is something everyone should be applying to their life DAILY.Β 

But the question I pose to myself now is: will I let this new me stand or will I let it fall away? Will I allow myself to keep moving forward or will I look back and miss the comfortable life I had? Keeping my head above the waves of life and my eyes on who I want to be is a choice I need to be making everyday; to walk in the truths I’ve been promised. The truth that I have changed for the better and will continue to rise and grow.

So where to now? Well let me tell you!

In just 20 days I will be starting my Introduction To Primary Health Care here at YWAM Townsville. This course is for 6 months and will essentially allow me to be a 3rd world nurse (super exciting stuff!). THEN I will be spending the next 2 years staffing here! This means being a part of a community that changes lives (medically and spiritually) in Papua New Guinea. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty exciting!

I will write some stories in the coming weeks of my time in PNG so feel free to click that little “follow” button so you don’t miss any of them!

Much love,

Taylah xx

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