Today’s post provides another window into our world: three things that you might experience while while learning a new language on the “mission field”… or just doing some hard work that requires a lot of thinking.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
Some of the hardest “work” I’ve done is thinking in and learning a new language. For a few months now I’ve had the pleasure of teaching English to a beautiful group of ladies in our community. Some of them attend our local church, but many are just friends or acquaintances from around town. What a great way to get to know new people!
Most of my students remember a few English phrases from grade school, but others are starting from scratch. It can be quite the challenge, thinking in a different language, but I’m having lots of fun with this group! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve, and add some real value to other people’s lives. But, it still takes some very hard work!
What kind of hard work? Well, as a language-learner myself, I can say that it takes these Three P’s of thinking-working to do anything well or worthwhile. Maybe you feel the same? Let’s see:
1) Perseverance. We persevere because we have a goal in mind. #focus
2) Patience. We are patient because nothing of value comes too quickly. #faithfulness
3) Practice. We practice because if we don’t use what we have learned (or are learning) we will quickly loose it. #follow-through #follow-up
What kind of hard work do you do that requires the Three P’s? How has it added value to your life or to others?