...for answers ~
Last time I wrote, I shared a list of "intangibles:" questions that I've been using to help bring closure to this term and to figure out if there are any things we need to focus on "finishing" well these last few months, in that intangible sense of the world. They are those items that cannot easily be put on a checklist and then crossed through once accomplished; they are still subjects that need to be addressed - by my husband and I, but also by our children.
- "What has/have been the high point/s of this term?"
- “What were some of the most difficult experiences?”
- "Where do I feel I've succeeded?"
- "How do I feel I have failed? Is this failure due to sin?"
- “How have I spied God working in my life personally, professionally and spiritually?”
- “What did I hope to achieve - long term goals and short term objectives?"
- "Did I accomplish them, have I not yet achieved them, or are they currently in progress?”
- “The activities I have been involved with during this term - would I describe them as satisfying or fulfilling? Are they consistent with my reasons for becoming a missionary in this particular place? Am I doing what I told our partners back in my home country I'd be doing? Do my activities apply to my specific responsibilities?"
- “What did/is God accomplish/ing through me?"
- “What have been the greatest roadblocks and frustrations I have encountered?"
- “Are there unresolved on-field relationships (expat and local colleagues) I need to reconcile before leaving?”
- "What goodbyes need to be said, how do they need to be said and what memories do I hope to make in the time remaining? How do I say goodbye well?"
And so we've been talking - the two of us, as a family and then taking opportunities to talk with our kids individually, to listen and to really hear what they are saying.
There has been a key idea come clearly to the forefront in these conversations....
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