You may be sick of me talking about Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility, but it is profoundly influencing what I am thinking about. (I think that is the goal of every author, at least this one!)
My thought today has to do with Duane Elmer's exploration of ethnocentrism. In other words, the view of life through the filter of one's own culture, believing it to be the best.
When you move overseas you constantly compare things to your homeland. The way people drive, what people where, the food that is eaten, as well as the general sense of cleanliness, time, and productivity.
Perpetual comparison becomes exhausting. It wearies one to always be searching for ways in which your culture is superior. This can keep us from realizing how amazing the people and nation we serve in actually are.
So, STOP IT!
I remember the first time I returned to the United States after moving to South Africa. Everything was fantastic! I was so excited to do my favorite things and eat my favorite foods. Each morsel seemed extra special.
This rush has dwindled through the years. Although the taste in the food is the same, the excitement has become ordinary. One of the reasons is I have adapted, withSouth Africa has becoming more of a home.
People often ask that very question. "