After twenty four hours of travel, we made it back to our friends in India. Funny how we can fly to the other side of the world, grab a taxi and know our way around this city and go visit friends. It was a sweet reunion getting to hug all the teachers and children. They made us cards and gave us flowers. In many ways, I feel as if I never left. I love having dear friends who live so simply and have such grateful hearts.
We are here for 10 days setting up new volunteers who are staying here until July. Our friends from college have committed to serve here for the next 7 months. They have left their careers, families, friends, and stuff behind to love the people here in India. However, I know that they will leave here so richly blessed that it will not feel like any of it was a sacrifice. Talking with the new volunteers, we discuss how many people say to us how they would love to volunteer overseas whether it be missions or teaching or whatever, but the follow through is slim to none. Now give them a two week "missions trip" to a fabulous vacation spot all expenses paid by someone else where they get to hug and take pictures with cute kids and everyone signs up. Americans are extremely generous, but we are not big on sacrifice.
This mentality flows into our new years resolutions and health goals as well. I talk to many people who do not want diabetes or who say they would love to lose weight and honestly they will pay a lot of money for it, however, when I ask them to sacrifice something, many people freeze. What they thought they wanted is no longer "possible," or too difficult, or not coming fast enough.
I love America; I think American people have more to offer this world than they realize. I am proud to be an American and have a father who constantly reiterated the value of sacrifice to our family. As I sit on our couch in India at 5am jet lagged and unable to sleep, I am reminded of the blessings of minor sacrifices I have made and how that has allowed me to achieve my personal goals.
Maybe before you make a new years resolution to exercise or eat right, it would be best to make a resolution to learn how to sacrifice. Learn to give in a way that costs you more than dollars. Sacrifice is a discipline that you can develop and become better at over time. Not everyone has to travel to India to sacrifice; it may just be turning off the TV for a few hours or making dinner for someone or volunteering in your city (anything that is not easy for you and that requires you to give of yourself). It may help you reach your health goals this new year!
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