3 quick lessons from India

Tonight, we get on a bus and begin a 30 hour journey home.  More than half of that is on one flight from Abu Dhabi to Chicago.  I’m ready.

It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say I’ve had a few life-altering experiences, reflections, and conversations.   I’d say at this stage there are 3 huge lessons.

1.  Theology Matters. I need to think more clearly about how Christianity does and doesn’t interact/overlap with other faiths.  And I need to keep learning about different perspectives and traditions within Christianity.  The challenge is to communicate with the right combination of conviction, sensitivity, open-mindedness and urgency.  A.W. Tozer said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.”  My only adjustment to this quote is “What you really believe about God is the most important thing about you.”  Even if we are not conscious of it, every person’s theology is shaping nearly every decisions we make.

2.  Everything is relational. Our worst times on our trip is when this wasn’t acknowledged.  And the best times were when people who disagree about things can have a rich conversation about challenging topics becuase we have grown to trust each other and genuinely like each other.  If you think about the most challenging problem in your life right now, I bet a key aspect to the solution has to do with investing in a relationship.

3.  15 days is too long. If you know me, you know I’m always up for an adventure.  The chance to have all these experiences on the other side of the world is right up my alley.  But I’m sick for home.  I miss Suncrest and the team I get to work with there.  Even more, I’m just dying to see Jenny, Jack and Abby.  Can’t believe I didn’t get to trick or treat with them and I missed their fall break.  Jenny is  a saint for carrying the load herself.  I got to text and email and even video chat a few times, but I can’t see committing to a trip this long again.  It’s just too much.  Can’t wait to see their smiling faces Tuesday evening!

 

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~ by Greg Lee on November 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “3 quick lessons from India”

  1. This is awesome Greg! I’m glad you has such a great experience. Being in different cultures definitely changes your perspective and makes you think of things in a new way. I chuckled a little bit on your last lesson because for me the 10 days I had in Thailand was definitely too short.

    Lots of Blessings,
    Les

    • Thanks for following my trip, Les. I guess I shouldn’t complain about 15 days when you are in Ivory Coast for MONTHS! God is using you there though, I know. Keep up the great work.

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