|Jerky from Wray & Gwen: always a welcome package to find on our doorstep.|
Michael and I spent the week before last in Houston with my family. As expected, it was a bittersweet time for me. You can never spend enough time with those you love before you say goodbye.
A month from tomorrow we will be moving to India. I have to stop when I say that because it’s still so incredible to me. When I look back on my life I don’t believe I ever once entertained the idea of living in another country — let alone India.
Backpacking through Europe? You bet. Moving to India for a year or more? Not even on the radar.
And I guess those ideas aren’t created in a vacuum. But popping in and out of a culture for a few experiential trinkets is a lot different that setting your down roots in one.
The difference in moving to another culture for an experience verses going to make an investment simply boils down to the difference between a contractual mindset verses a covenantal mindset. Or to put it not-so-nicely: Moving for selfish reasons verses moving for selfless reasons.
A contractual mindset thinks in terms of conditions and (usually) personal conveniences:
- “If he cheats on me, I’ll divorce him.”
- “If I have to write a twenty-five page paper for this class, I’ll drop it.”
- “If I don’t get that raise, I’m quitting.”
- “If I get tired of India, I’ll just move back home.”
But a covenant mindset has no terms or limitations; it completely negates the “if” in the equation:
- “No matter if cheats me, I’ll get help, but I will stand by his side until the end.”
- “No matter if I have to write a twenty-five page paper for this class, I will give it my best and complete the task.”
- “No matter if I don’t get that raise, I will continue to perform my responsibilities as well as, if not better, than before.”
- “No matter if I get tired of India, I will remember I’m not here for me, I’m here for a purpose that is yet to be accomplished.”
|My own “work and creativity zone”.|
In short, a contractual mindset doesn’t have to cost you anything. But a a covenant mindset will always cost you something, if not eventually everything.
India is God’s investment, and God’s credit is good. God is so sure this investment will pay off that he’s given us his Son’s inheritance in advance. What a rich and generous a Father we have!