You’ve Spoiled Me for the Ordinary

New Perspective After Short-Term Missions Trip

You’ve spoiled me for the ordinary…

This was the comment one man said at a team debriefing this morning when he reflected on his visit to ZOE over the past week.

I knew what he meant. I sat, close to tears, as each member of the short-term missions team went around the circle and described how this trip to Thailand had impacted their world and changed their view on life as they had known it.

I found it encouraging to be reminded about the emotions that I too had felt on my first visit to ZOE. It was so amusing to hear the anecdotes of their first experiences using a squatty potty — I still find it tricky! But, it was also so moving to see their tears, as they recounted experiences of how the ZOE children, teens, and vocational school students had touched their hearts and impacted them more than anyone else had before.

As wonderful as it was to hear all the stories from the past week, I also understand how hard it will be for them to return home. How will they articulate what they saw, felt, lived, and breathed while they were here?

It is easy to be on an emotional high and describe life when you are in a different country for a short period of time. However, once at home with your bags unpacked, pictures shown and stories told, your old routines stare you straight in the face! How can you return to life as you knew it and not changed by what you’ve seen?

You know that despite living in a foreign country (which can often be filled with adventure), there is STILL so much time that is filled up with the ordinary moments of life — grocery shopping, making dinner, cleaning.

What we need to remember though is that each moment is a gift no matter how mundane it may seem.

Only when we seek to fully understand that if anything matters, everything matters, can we make each day count.

So whether or not you are working in ZOE Children’s Home in Thailand, teaching your own children good manners at home, chopping carrots, or simply sweeping the floor for the sixth time that day,

live life with a heart that embraces all the moments in time whether they seem exciting, breathtaking, or just plain …ordinary.

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