Third Journal Entry — Building Our Home in Mexico
January 28, 2015
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Journal entry for Friday, January 23:
Diann and I returned to Home Depot with Adrian driving, he’s a key worker at the Ranch. The half hour drive from the Ranch to Cuautla is a downhill drive all the way, with the temperature rising by about twenty degrees in the lower altitude.
We were able to work our debit cards so we could make the final payment of the supplies, at least this round of supplies. Then we walked around Home Depot dreaming about what we might put in our new home. We also shopped at the nearby Walmart. Lunch at McDonalds might seem to complete the sense that life here isn’t all that different from in the States, but it is. For instance, we decided not to purchase a laundry hamper at Walmart because we had seen a guy along the road selling wicker baskets, so we bought a tall basket from him on the way home that will fit much better esthetically into our Mexican home than a hamper from Walmart made in China.
The laundry hamper
Diann and I have decided that we want our home here to reflect the culture, and not try to make our house a transplanted U.S. house. One exception is that I will NOT drink instant coffee in our new home (most folks here do so), but we will proudly brew Starbucks. Other than this, and a few other concessions that I can’t even think of now, we hope to fit in with the culture.
You can’t really be a part of someone’s life unless you’re willing to enter their world, adjusting your own habits, tastes, and interests in some way without, of course, compromising your own uniqueness, values and beliefs. Jesus incarnated Himself in our world and we must daily immerse ourselves in the world we’ve been placed, without becoming worldly. The apostle Paul wrote, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
God wants us to be completely present wherever He calls us to be, not holding ourselves back but giving ourselves over to His will and His purposes wherever we are and with whom He’s placed us.