Last week I shared with you about the “wall”: culture shock and the challenge it presents to missionaries. I said that there are only two options: you either get up and climb over the “wall” or you let the “wall” stop you from doing what you are supposed to do.
My friend David taught me about this, mainly talking culture shock, but in actuality, he was teaching me a life lesson. I just did not realize it at the time. To get over the “wall” you must daily choose to climb over it. It is not a one time and done thing; each day you must climb over it anew. But this is how life is, isn’t it? Anything we do that is worth it will be hard, and if we want to do anything worth significance we must deny ourselves. In Luke 9:23, we see that we must daily take up our own cross. The apostle Paul told us that he died daily in 1 Corinthians 15:27.
You may ask me why I choose to do this? I tell you that it is not because I am strong, smart, or wanting to live outside the U.S.; I am not here because my pastor told me to be or that I thought it would be fun; I am not even here for the Argentine people. I am here because of Jesus Christ the one who died for me to pay for my redemption, to give me new life and change my eternal destination from Hell to Heaven. You see I get up and climb the “wall” forJesus Christ my Lord and Savior! That’s why I choose to deny myself, that’s why I am here, and that’s why I live for His Glory, not mine.
Yours in Christ
Robert and Emma Becker.