I have been living in Chiang Mai now for a few weeks and there has been one phrase that is repeated to me “You speak Thai well” and each time my response is “No, just a little bit”.
I went to Thai church on Sunday and got the chance to speak to my teacher’s parents. They later went home and said to my teacher “Why are you teaching her? She already knows Thai! She doesn’t pause to think about what she is trying to say, she is so good!”
Even while my teacher is sharing this to me, I somehow was thinking that can’t be true. It wasn’t until I was walking out to get some dinner (and was told I spoke Thai well another 3 times) that I thought, maybe it is true.
Maybe I have put too high of a standard for myself. If I compare myself to a native, I will never measure up. My teacher pointed out to me that Thai is not my mother tongue and that is ok. There are some things I may never know or understand about this language, no matter how hard I try to master it.
On that same walk I began to think about my journey in Christ. How many times do I have to hear “He loves me” to truly believe it to be true in my life? How many times do I have to hear “You are beautiful” to truly believe that I am beautiful?
We all have a past and it has shaped us to be where we are today. Some things that may be easy for you to believe may be difficult for others, because of where we come from. I am continually learning that what I do does not define who I am. I do love to strive for greatness, and I think it is a good thing, but I also have to stop and appreciate where I have come from.
What is hard for you to truly believe?
I encourage you to encourage and to speak words of life over people. It may just be the time where they stop and for the first time truly believe it about themselves.