So I finally made it to Germany. “Home sweet home!”. I haven’t been here in over 3 years and things seem very different to me, even though everyone is assuring me that nothing has changed. I have to say that I was just a little nervous about coming here and having enough confidence that I will NOT drink, nor will I get consumed by panic or stress. You have to know that in Germany it is pretty normal for people to have a couple of beers on their lunch break, after work you go have a beer before you go home, watching your children play soccer you stand on the sideline with a beer in your hand.
All of this used to be so normal for me and now it seems weird…so I guess it IS me that’s changed. The first thing I said earlier today at around 11:30 am when I saw a waitress carrying shots to a table numerous times was “ OH MY GOODNESS”. I can see people looking at me like what is wrong with her lol. Confirmation that yes, yes it’s me that’s changed. My thinking after that was I don’t want people to feel like I am stuck up because I am a Christian. Oh and they knew, because, just like at home, I prayed over my lunch. That is kind of out of this world here in Germany. But one guy did hiss a quick “shhhhhh” when he noticed what I was doing. So far so good. Fact is, I don’t have to adjust to my surroundings. All I need to do is stay strong in Jesus and true to who I am. I thought this was going to be so much harder then it was.
1 Peter 1:7 NLT
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
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