"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do a lot about the width and the depth."
This is a concept I've been thinking a lot about this week, and the President of the MTC brought it up in one of our devotional. For me, right now, it pertains more to the length of my mission (17 months now). I can't do a lot about how long or short my mission is, but I can control a lot about how widely and deeply use this time to learn, grow, and serve others.
Sometimes, Korean is really hard haha. I'll be the first one to admit it. But when I take a step back from something difficult, and remember how very capable I am to do the thing that is in front of me, I find I become very grateful for the opportunity to do something that is so challenging. Because I have been given an able body and able mind to do it. And God trusts me to do it, in the same way He trusts all of us to do whatever it is He calls us and gives us purpose to do.
I think the biggest thing that stops us from doing something good, that may also be hard, is fear. It's easy to become afraid of failing, of making mistakes, or of just plain not knowing what you're doing. But fear is not of God, faith is of God. And I know with faith anything can be accomplished. Even if all that is accomplished is learning something new, something you may not have even expected to learn. You sure accomplish a lot more by trying that by giving into fear.
If you can't tell, I've learned a lot this week haha. I love Korean- it's pretty much the coolest thing ever. And since we got about nine native Koreans added to our Zone this week, I've been learning and an even faster rate. Which leads me to a very funny story.
As a Sister Training Leader, it's our responsibility with the Zone leaders to welcome the natives when they arrive, and take them to dinner. I was sitting by a couple of Korean elders who spoke some English and they asked me to say some things in Korean that I knew how to say. So not wanting to be afraid I said, sure! But still being a little afraid, I chose the safest sentence in my repertoire to recite to them "God loves us." and after I sputtered that out, I looked to the elder for approval and he just says "nice try." Needless to say, I was laughing for about three minutes straight with all the other zones leaders. It was soo funny. And I definitely learned I need to work on my Korean some more hahaha.
I love you all so much! Thank you for reading this, supporting me, and being great people :)
I'll talk to you again next week! Dao may baeo!