Sometimes we get caught up with the task at hand, and forget the bigger picture! This was and will be a reminder to me. No matter the task.
Today's story is from Hannah, an apprentice in Thailand working with Prosperous Youth Foundation.
I heard a story the other day that I would like to share with you -
A man entered a construction zone and asked the first worker he came across, â€œWhat are you doing?â€ The worker replied, â€œChipping away at stone.â€ The man found another worker doing the same job. He asked him the same question, but his answer was different. He answered, â€œI am building a wall.â€ Not satisfied with the answers, the man found and asked a third worker. â€œWhat are you doing?â€ The third worker replied, â€œI am building a cathedral!â€
Three workers were doing the same job, but had very different perspectives of what they were actually doing.
When I heard this story I instantly was able to connect. If the man would have come to ask me, â€œWhat are you doing?â€ I would have replied, â€œI am teaching English.â€ Not satisfied, he would ask again. Thinking harder, my reply would be, â€œI am building relationships.â€ Still that would not satisfy him. Asking for a third time, I would think deeper, â€œWhat am I doing here?â€ And once I'd figured it out, I would tell him, â€ I am furthering the Kingdom of God!â€
Sometimes we get caught up with the task at hand, and forget the bigger picture! This was and will be a reminder to me. No matter the task or job, I am called to further God's Kingdom! I am not just chipping away at stone - I am building a cathedral. This perspective will keep me focused and striving towards God's will.
In my time here, God has truly worked through my anxiety of teaching English. Not only have I become more confident day by day through God's strength, but I also began to love it and look forward to it. We were blessed to know that at the end of our two-month teachings that we had built a good reputation for PYF with all the youth homes we worked alongside. God is awesome!