IT’S MY LAST DAY AS A GMF! Where has the time gone?! The last 2 years has been an adventure! I thank everyone who journeyed with me, whether you’re with me in Hong Kong or abroad. Thank you for your messages, financial support, visits, or nonjudgmental ears. I would not have made it this far without y’all!
I don’t know how to process the last 2 years, except through the ways I know best – poems and lists. So… here are 20 things I learned during my 20 months as a young adult missionary!
- Missions isn’t talking about Jesus but loving like Jesus. And that is difficult.
- God is everywhere, in so many forms, on so many faces. God cannot be confined to the 4 walls of a church but on the streets, in the mountains, within the trees.
- Sometimes, we need to be rather than do.
- Being alone isn’t that bad. I don’t love it, and I really prefer roommates, but I can live – I mean, I have lived – alone. *shudder*
- Rest. Seriously.
- Invest in relationships that build up, not tear down. There are toxic people, and nobody got time for them. There were so many moments when I met people whose souls I connected with on such a deep level, but I understand it was only for that moment. Then, there are people who I had the joy to spend months with, who have enriched my life. Appreciate them; don’t focus on the ones who make you cry.
- Guilt will be there, but so will grace. Give some to yourself.
- Speak your truth. Be fearless.. or scared. That’s okay too. As long as you speak.
- Society tells us to do too much. It’s even more confusing when cultures clash. Who really cares? Embrace who you are – weirdness and all. Learn to laugh at yourself, and find the ridiculous in life.
- ..and find people who appreciate your weirdness.
- People care more than given credit to. For example, so many people reached out to me after I did my plastic-free fast. It gave me hope. Use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs (to start hehe)!
- On that note, it’s easier to focus on individuals rather than the system. Think bigger, so we can make bigger changes!
- Our journeys are ours. There will be people who journey alongside us, but no two people’s are the exact same. Appreciate these differences. Learn from them.
- It’s okay not to know what you want.
- But I do know that I love being creative with my work.
- God answers prayers of your heart and the prayers of your soul.
- Don’t worry. Trust that the way has been prepared for you.
- Traveling is overrated. Learning locals’ narratives and understanding their struggles are more amazing then finding Lonely Planet’s top 10 things to do.
- Temperature’s subjective.
- “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”