There are times when you would think, "OK, enough already!" As I am beginning to approach 40, I think to myself, "OK, the brain is full!"However, I am constantly coming to the understanding that I will be learning for a long time! I enjoy experiencing new things, but there is a temptation to wonder if I have learned enough?
God is a gracious God! To stop learning is to disengage from what is going on around us. Life is always bringing about new challenges, people from different lands, new jobs, different ideas and philosophies, etc. The question that we are left with: what are we going to do with it?
With international student ministries, we are presented with people from countries from all over the world, those people come from different backgrounds from those different countries, with different family dynamics, and so on. The greatest thing that we can express to people who decide to participate with us is to look at each student as an individual. Yes, they may look different and talk different than us, but they are still people. Although they may look at things differently, we ALL still have same basic needs, and an ultimate eternal need.
The next time you have an opportunity to talk with someone from another country, take the time to find out more about them and who they really are. You will be amazed! Don't be conceited about your way being the only way. As followers of Christ, your world, your country, your state, your city is NOT your home, we are just "passing through." Be more concerned about who you are in Christ, than who you are as an earthly citizen (because it is temporary anyway). I try to imagine, what would it be like for me and my family to live in that country?
Just think about it .
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.