Being a foreigner in Japan, can mean it’s very easy to get sucked into the negative complaining about it – the everyday nit picks that just drive us nuts!
Being surrounded by other foreigners who are in the same boat – the ‘Gaijin’s boat’ sometimes, only accentuates this!
Yes, it can be tough living so far away from here, sometimes just plain frustrating – there’s the language barrier, the cultural barrier and sometimes just the everyday mishaps that we can find ourselves in the middle of!
But besides that Japan is an amazing country – different from any other, full of beautiful scenery, fantastic people, an intricate language full of different dialects, a definitive culture, incredible food – of uncountable varieties, the home of Anpanman and AKB48, Full of onsens and shinkansens, soba and udon, maple leaves and Sakura, everything that comes in green tea flavour! There’s temples and mountains, okonomiyaki and takoyaki, tatamis and futons the list could go on!
Japan is describable and totally
indescribable at the same time – I love it! And even when it drives me nuts, I still love it!
They thing is I didn’t always love it, there were times when I did let all those little things get to me! Others were complaining, so I did too! But complaining about where I was didn’t leave me satisfied, it didn’t get anything off my chest, it just made me want to run away from Japan!
As soon as I decided to change my attitude – looking towards the good things, the things I liked about this country, I started to love the place I’m in!
It doesn’t matter where we are, what our situations are – we are placed here for a reason, God has an amazing plan for us here!
So instead of trying to run away – or wishing we could be somewhere else, a sunny beach in Hawaii maybe? Why don’t we try and enjoy where we are now! Find things to love about the place we are in now!
Rather than counting down the days till we can move on, we can count the number of amazing things we can find in the place we are in!
Chances are if I had just run away from Japan when things got tough, or when I found myself lost on a wave of negativity about the country I would only have ended up somewhere else – maybe in a different boat, but sailing in the same pattern of negative, dirty, complaining, towards a life of un-enjoyment and unfulfilled wishes!
Loving the place we are in now means we can live with more joy for life,
experience more things and accomplish more! We can live up to our potential in the place we are now, we don’t need to keep running off to different places!
God has a great plan for you where you are right now, he put you there for a reason!
Yes, maybe we will move on in the future, maybe we won’t be in this place forever – all the more reason to enjoy it now!
So rather than thinking of all the bad things that could happen to us in this place, let’s start living the plan God has for us in the place he put us – you don’t know what it is? Well it can all start from loving the place we are in!
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“This is your life, are you who you want to be?”
There are times when we question, what are we doing? Are we living how we dreamed we would? When we look in the mirror do we like what we see?
I listened to this song today by Switchfoot, and it made me realize that we all need to be reminded to really live sometimes. Part of the lyrics go like this, “This is your life, are you who you want to be? This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be?”. We can easily get lost in the in’s and out’s of life, sometimes so lost we never really recover! But we need to climb out of the cocoon of life and start living!
So many people say “Today is all you have…” and “Tomorrow may never come” and many people take that as, let’s live it up now! No regrets!
Take that bungee jump, move to America, go home with that girl/guy! You may not get the chance again!
In some cases this seems like sound advice, what are you waiting for, start living kind of advice! But Whilst that might get people up off their couches it’s no use if people are just going to party, have fun and live like there is no tomorrow.. Because if tomorrow comes, we may not be feeling so great… Maybe even a little hung-over!
However we can look at ‘today’, another way, rather than saying ‘ if today is all we have, what haven’t we done on our list of things to do that needs to be attained to?’ We can say ‘ if today is all we have, are we who we want to be? ‘
Are we living in truth, or are we hiding behind the worlds mask? If we haven’t accomplished our dreams yet, are we living with them in mind or have we already given up on them? And if we aren’t who we want to be, why?
Sometimes we think it’s too late to change, to start living, to be the person we want to be! We have come this far as we are, maybe that’s all we are…but is that true?
It is if you believe it!
Before I came to
Jesus Lifehouse I thought the old me was all I could be, but I was wrong, when I met Jesus I realized I had so much more potential to become a better me! I started living like there was no tomorrow not because i thought there was no tomorrow but because I wanted to suck in everything that there was now! I wanted to become a better me, now! Why because I loved life again! I love living with Jesus, with Jesus guiding me and loving me, I have more freedom than I could ever give myself, freedom and potential to be more than myself! Who wouldn’t want that?
Jesus gave me life again! So for me living everyday like there is no tomorrow isn’t about cramming in a load of things I want to do before I die, it isn’t about living it up, or living a care free life, it’s not about parties or boys or experiencing everything I possibly can but it’s about loving life, loving people, loving Jesus – with everything I’ve got! This life we have is amazing! So let’s live it!
Yes, there are always sucky things that may happen! My life didn’t suddenly become perfect with nothing going wrong because I met Jesus, but my attitude changed – your life can only ever be as good as the attitude you label it!
While I knew this before I met Jesus, it was practically impossible for me to always remain positive in life on my own merit! I couldn’t do it by myself! No sooner had I challenged myself to stay positive and enjoy life, then something bad happened and I felt ten times worse than i did before!
But now I have Jesus to guide me, lift those heavy weights off my shoulders, show me a better way to do things and fill my life with blessings (what are they? Things I couldn’t even imagine for myself a year ago!)
While I may not be who I want to be, I am well on the right road – living towards my dreams with the person I want to be sharing my life with! Jesus.
We only get one shot at life! But with Jesus we can have another chance to live – really live! It doesn’t matter whether we have messed up, whether we are going in a totally wrong direction in life there is never a better time to turn to him than today!
Because this is not a video game, it’s not a movie, it’s not some reality TV show, this is your life!
The question is: are you who you want to be?