In America, we establish ourselves as a certain person. We get degrees, learn instruments and obtain skills in order to impress the people around us. Our life resumes are used to impress not only others but to create a flawless application we hand to people - hope and waiting for their approval of who we are.
That resume we spend so much effort and self-absorbtion on has no value once we enter a new cultural environment. The people you have convince to respect and love you are no longer surrounding you. It is during those moments when you think you have yourself together...&the Father slaps you in the face and reminds you of your true identity.
Isn't that the beauty behind each and every one of us? We all have character and personality that makes each of us unique. As the Father has gifted each of us with a different personality, He is also constantly molding our character. From love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-crontol, goodness and faithfulness - they are all nicely reflective of the life Jesus walked and talked of during His time on earth. What constantly humbles me is seeing that Jesus is always and constantly relying on the Father for His strength and wisdom. It is through His daily humbling in front of the Father's feet that empowers Him to live the life He did.
As it says in 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, "Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ." I would like to ask that you lift me up in your daily thoughts in the same way.
Friends back home blessed me with written letters before I began my journey in Cambodia. In one letter, it vaguely stated - "I lift you up daily, that the love you have for serving others would never exceed the love you have for the Father." It is a vivid reminder that these earthly resumes are nothing if the Father's love isn't what is overflowing out of your heart.