Day 2, Five Minute Prompt: PAINT
Channeling my inner Joanna Gaines, I chose the perfect neutral for the interior walls of my new home on the mission field. I was feeling pretty good about it until the sun streamed in, revealing that my Magnolia dreams had turned into a bubble-gum-pink nightmare.
I furiously pushed the stroller that held my three month old back to the missionary’s house that hosted us. Hot tears streamed down my face as I hurled harsh words at the version of my husband that lives in my head. He had tried to convince me it would look fine after sunset, but who wants to live in a house that only looks good in the dark?
I would later find out that pink is a popular choice here, and I wouldn’t even be mad when the church building we leased turned up blush from top to bottom. But right now, all I could think of was my decor dreams that suffered an untimely death.
The walls were re-painted the next day. The painters we had hired weren’t as upset with me as my husband was, but they weren’t too pleased about having to do all the work a second time.
When the work was done, my husband accidentally overpaid them by 10,000 rupees (100 USD). They were miles away before anyone was the wiser, but they came back immediately to return the difference.
They didn’t know it, but this act of integrity would help shape a right perspective of these people we came to love and kill my spoiled-brat attitude. I would still have stress dreams about curtains, and our home would be wrecked by an earthquake 10 days later, but my faith that God was working in the details was restored that day.
I strive to be honest in my dealings with others. In a cash society, mindfulness in money exchanging is particularly important. Budding relationships and my gospel testimony in this community are at stake. Money matters.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).
How we treat others in our financial dealings is important.
In what way can you apply the Golden Rule to money matters today?
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I loved your story. 🙂 What country are you in? I have a heart for missions, too… and I look forward to being back on the mission field one day.
Tasha, thanks for stopping by my little page. I am in Nepal. Where have you served on the mission field? Looking forward to learning more about your heart for the world!
Hey Amber 🙂 I have been involved in short-term missions in Mexico and Argentina. My husband and I both know that we will do missions as a family once our kids get older… I can’t wait to see all that God has planned! Blessings, Tasha
Good to hear of your heart for missions and for your family. It can definitely be done with small children but is no small task. Praying for you all as you move forward in ministry.
Amber, great post.
Thanks, Tara! This 5 minute every day challenge is tough, huh?