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.
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!