Quickly I fell in love with the people at the Christian Church in Garraf. In Spain you do air kisses on both checks as both a greeting and when saying good-bye , and soon I found myself doing this almost naturally. The relationships that you have with other people matter within the Spanish culture. I grew accustomed to sharing hours, sometimes three or four hours, with others as we broke bread together and shared our lives with one another. When you have a meal with others you have the potential to make a true investment in their lives. In Spain, often you have the luxury of spending quality time with someone in a significant block of time.
So now that I am back home in America, will I take time to invest in others or will I hurry to cross off my list of things to do? I pray that I realize quality time with someone can matter more than the quantity of time you get to spend with that person.
Also, while in Spain, I recognized that presently I have only a few friends that I spend time with regularly who are not believers in Jesus. I feel challenged now to build deeper relationships with others, both believers who need encouragement and those who are not believers. Will I take actions to follow my conviction? Or will I allow this to become less of a priority as I jump back into my life here in America? I pray that the lessons that God has been teaching me recently will not quickly fade away.
Right now I am making plans for my upcoming week. Some of my goals for the next week include: spending time daily with God (Beth Moore’s Bible study “James: Mercy Triumphs” has been a great resource) and to make a connection with one person who does not know Jesus personally and begin to spend quality time with that person. My challenge goal, beginning Sunday, will be to chart how I spend my time. I hope this will help me make some changes. Please pray for me as I strive to meet these goals. Feel free to send me a message of accountability next week. We need each other for encouragement and accountability as we walk this Christian road together.