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A single person, a huge suitcase, an international flight, a strange city in a strange country: it was the scene that I first went abroad in my life; with no family, no friend, and no familiar person, I had never come into such a strange situation before. As I could only say “안녕하세요 (Hello!)” and “감사합니다 (Thanks!),” my nervousness and worry far exceeded the curiosity and excitement about life abroad.
My first stop in the strange country was the school. There I was accommodated in a particularly small room, but I had to pay two hundred and fifty thousand won, that is, 1500 yuan. Without too much money, I knew it was necessary to find a part-time job. However, when I requested my new classmates to help me find one, they told me that those who couldn’t speak the native language could only get a job of washing the dishes. I was unwilling to do that kind of job, but in order to get money, I still said, with my face flushed, “Okay, I can do that.”
However, asking and waiting from day to day, I only got such an answer, “There is no vacancy for dishwashers of late. You’d better ask around.” I could only force a smile and said, “It’s alright. If there be any, please tell me.”
After class, I walked home with a heavy heart. Thinking that I had to pay accommodation fees soon and prepare tuition of the next term, and then counting the last little money in my purse, I fell in a state of considerable distress, fears replacing worry in my heart. On the clamorous street, looking at others’ radiant smiles, and listening to their laughter, I envied them so much that I couldn’t help heaving a deep sigh. And at the same time, fears, grievances, loneliness and helplessness directly welled up in me, tears flowing down out of control.
At that moment, I suddenly remembered that before I left home, my mother urged me, “Lele, I won’t be with you after you go abroad. No matter what happens to you, remember to rely on God and look to God more. God is almighty; He is beside us, and as long as we call on Him, He will help us at any time.” Yes, I am a believer in God. I have set my resolve before Him—after going abroad, I will often pray to God and rely on Him to pass through any difficulties, so that I can be tempered in each aspect. Yet when I encountered difficulties, I put all my will out of my mind. Thinking of this, I prayed to God in my heart, “O God, what should I do? I haven’t found a job up to the present. Now I have little money; how can I continue living here? Oh, God, I am afraid. Please help me!”
Afterward, I saw, “All things under God’s arrangements and sovereignty obey natural laws, and if you resolve to let God arrange and dictate everything for you, you should learn to wait, you should learn to seek, you should learn to submit. This is the attitude that every person who wants to submit to God’s authority must take, the basic quality that every person who wants to accept God’s sovereignty and arrangements must possess.” I thought: Right! All things are under God’s rule and arrangements, and they will naturally develop according to God’s plan. Although I am in trouble, God is almighty, and I believe God will help me and make suitable arrangements for me. Now the only thing I can do is to pray to God, seek His will, and accept and submit to His orchestrations and arrangements. After understanding some of , I felt much relief in my heart, and were not as depressed as before. Then I prayed to God to entrust my difficulties to God again and to ask Him to guide and help me.
One day not long after this, a classmate of mine told me that a pizzeria wanted a part-time worker. My eyes lit up, and I said urgently, “Let me try.” Soon after, I went to that pizzeria as I wished. The boss said I would be on probation for a week, and if I qualified, I would be employed. Thinking that getting this job meant I would have money to pay for my tuition and costs of living, and then I could settle down to studying and living here, I felt pretty happy, although I wouldn’t be paid that week.
However, there were many kinds of pizza with different recipes. Just coming here, I was unfamiliar with these recipes, and learning them was rather complicated for me. Although I kept reminding myself that I must be careful not to make mistakes, I still mixed up those recipes on the fifth day, and then I made a mistake. Just then, my boss shouted at me before other workers and mocked me. Facing this situation, I was extremely embarrassed, feeling my self-esteem was severely damaged, so I couldn’t help crying loudly. Later, I heard my workmates say, “When he looks for some new employees, the boss always finds faults with them in the probation period, so that they will be forced to resign. Then he can use the free labor force all the while.” Hearing these words, I felt terribly disappointed, thinking I couldn’t continue to stay here.
After getting home, finding that my money wasn’t enough even for my rent, thinking that I still didn’t get any job, I sat on the bed listless. I looking into the empty night sky through the small window, a sense of misery and loneliness crept up within me. I could not help but tell God about all the pain in my heart, “O God, what should I do? I have nowhere to go. O God, where are You? Please lead me on the path ahead of me.”
After prayer, I thought of a passage of, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the , and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:31-34). At this moment, I experienced a sudden revelation, and I told myself inwardly: Don’t worry. God knows my difficulties; He will keep me from lacking food and clothing, much less lead me into a dead end. In the midst of difficulty, I need only to pray to God and rely on Him, and seek His will. God will arrange everything.
Then I felt particularly relieved and enlightened. I couldn’t help recalling time after time when I experienced God’s work and saw His wondrous deeds from the time of my belief in God until today: Once, in China, I had to find a new house in one day. It seemed very difficult. I thought I had little chance to find one. However, by unceasingly calling out and praying to God, and truly relying on and looking up to Him, I rented a house that very night, and it was very suitable. I thanked and praised God from the bottom of my heart. In addition, before I came abroad, I had to deposit 70,000 RMB in my own name, but my family didn’t have so much money. We were anxious about this. When we didn’t know what to do, my uncle lent me 70,000 yuan on his own initiative, so that I came abroad successfully.
Everything in the past was still as fresh as ever in my memory, which made me feel that God kept leading and guiding me all along. Now God led me to come here, let me learn to rely on Him and look up to Him in the difficulties of my life, so as to make me strong-willed and grow constantly in stature. This was God’s good attention in His salvation of me. At the thought of this, I was weeping. The tears were not of misery, but rather full of emotion. Because of God’s love, I no longer worried about my future, and I believed God would open up the way for me to overcome all the difficulties.
Afterward, by chance, I was recommended to teach Chinese in an academy of Chinese. Before the interview, I was a little nervous. Then I knelt to the ground and prayed to God, “God, thank You for preparing this interview for me. I am willing to rely on You and look up to You. Whether I can pass the interview is in Your hands, and I will obey Your rule and arrangements.” On the bus to the academy, I pondered God’s words, “The heart and spirit of man are held in the hand of God, and all the life of man is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things.” Indeed! Whether I will be agreeable to the dean and whether I can pass the interview is in God’s hands and decided by God, for God rules and controls the heart and spirit of everyone. At this time, the nervousness and worry slowly faded away, and I could face this interview calmly.
Eventually, the result came out. The moment I was told to be a Chinese teacher there, I wept. I thanked God repeatedly from my heart, and I really realized the meaning of the word “Where man’s abilities end is where God begins.”
However, the tuition and living expenses were very expensive in Korea, so I couldn’t maintain myself only by taking this job. But now I was not as worried and anxious as I had been before. Instead, every day, I could pray to God and read God’s words properly, and I hummed the hymns of God’s words when walking. I felt enriched in my heart.
The wonderful thing was that a student of mine soon recommended me as a teacher in an international kindergarten. It was close to the academy and so it was convenient for me to do the part-time job there. What was more unexpected was that during the time when I worked at the kindergarten, more and more parents hired me to teach their children in a one-on-one tutoring, so I started to be a private teacher as well. In this way, I earned enough money for my living expenses and the tuition of that term, even the tuition of the next term. And gradually, my Korean improved some. I could communicate with others when I took a bus, went shopping and did my business at bank, etc. Sometimes, on my way to work, looking up into the blue sky, smelling the flowers, and listening to the birds singing, I felt so satisfied and happy that I couldn’t help but gently hum the songs praising God.
In the middle of night, when everything was quiet, I lay awake on the bed and recalled the whole time I was abroad. Each thing appeared before my eyes like a movie, remaining fresh in my mind. In the past, I had been in tears, in sadness and in fear, but by seeking and praying, I obtained God’s leadership and guidance step by step. I truly felt God’s love and His presence with me, and saw many wonderful deeds of God, thus gaining some understanding of His almightiness and sovereignty, and having more faith in Him.
On my future path, no matter what difficulties or obstructions I encounter, I will always hold on one resolve: No matter how difficult it is in the future, I will not be afraid, because I have God with me.
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By Hanxiao After believing in the Lord, along with listening to more and more sermons, we have some understanding of the Lord’s words and also always put forbearance and patience into action according to the Lord’s teachings in interacting with others. For this reason, we often feel peace and joy in our heart. But it is undeniable that many Christians are very hazy about the principles of practice in establishing normal interpersonal relationships. In fact, there are mainly four principles for Christians’ interacting with others. With them, we will be able to live out the likeness that the Lord is pleased with in our life. The first principle is that we should be able to love each other while getting along with others; the second is dealing with people with wisdom; the third is treating others correctly; the fourth is that we should not interact with others on the basis of our philosophy of life, but should establish a proper relationship with God. So long as we keep the four principles in our daily life, we will be in accord with the will of God in interacting with others. The first principle is that we can love each other. The Lord Jesus required that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). For example, Peter said to the Lord Jesus: “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” The Lord Jesus saidto him: “I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (See Matthew 18:21-22). We all have weaknesses and inadequacies, so our interactions with others should be based on loving each other. In this way, we will not have any trouble living in harmony with others. Those who have no love are inhuman and cannot get along with others, while those who have it have a compassionate heart, like to help others, and moreover are able to comfort those who suffer hardships. Besides, those who have no compassion love others conditionally. They only help and forgive those who did them a favor before or those who haven’t hurt them. As soon as someone impinges on or harms their own interests, they seem to forgive him outwardly, but their hearts are full of dissatisfaction and boredom. In this situation, we need to pray to God more and ask Him to grant us with a heart of truly forgiving and loving others. Only when we truly rely on God, can we have the faith to put forgiveness and patience into practice, and let go of the prejudices and dissatisfaction toward others inside us. But loving our neighbors as ourselves is not unprincipled, and God does not require a confused kind of love of men. We see that the Lord Jesus was full of mercy and love toward those who believed in and followed Him, but condemned and cursed the hypocritical Pharisees who opposed Him, this is an exemplification of the righteous disposition of God. So, we ought to draw a clear boundary line between ourselves and all the satanic forces that oppose and condemn God to achieve loving those who God loves and being clear about love and hate. The second principle is dealing with people with wisdom. In Matthew 10:16-17, the Lord Jesus said, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues.” Actually, for Christians, using wisdom is an indispensable principle in practicing forbearance and patience and loving our neighbors as ourselves. This is because some people are the Christians pursuing truth, but some are the forces that are hostile to God, oppose God, and refuse to accept the gospel of God. And they are specially sent by Satan to interrupt and disturb the work of God. If church business or something about brothers and sisters is known to them, they will get a hold on these things to attack, judge, and condemn, and even report the brothers and sisters to the police. So, we must have discernment and be wise with these people. Secondly, it is unavoidable to encounter many difficulties in getting along with others, so it is indispensable for a Christian to use wisdom. Actually using wisdom is, on the one hand, for the sake of allowing others to gain benefits, and on the other hand, for the sake of helping to solve problems easily. For example, if we want to do or say something, we should consider what sort of disposition the person we are interacting with has, and how to go about things in a way that benefits them and does not harm them. All these are some practices of using wisdom. The principle of dealing with people with wisdom is also very important. The third principle is treating others properly. The Lord Jesus said to us: “And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). If wishing to attain to treating others properly, we should not fixate our eyes on others, but should learn to find out our own shortcomings. If we always fixate our eyes on others’ shortcomings, we can never get along with others in harmony. For example, we often discover our families’ shortcomings when interacting with them: They do not take care of or show any consideration for us, the food they cook is not to our taste, the children are too disobedient to control, the husband seldom does housework, and so on. And when associating with our colleagues or friends, we often find that this colleague is too selfish, that colleague likes to judge others behind their backs, or a friend of ours likes to take advantage of others, and so forth. There are too many examples of this, and we are often troubled by them, not knowing how to deal with others. In fact, what we should do is not to fixate our eyes on others but to learn to find out others’ strengths and our own shortcomings. And never should we impose that which we believe is right on others. When doing things, we should take account not only of our own interests, but also of others’. Besides, we should learn to be more considerate to others, to benefit them, and to listen to others’ opinions more. If someone has some shortcomings or does something wrong that jeopardizes our interests, we should treat it properly. Since the Lord Jesus can forgive us, we should also forgive others. The fourth principle is that we cannot use the philosophies of life to interact with others, but should instead establish a proper relationship with God. This is the most important. In our daily life, we often use those philosophies of life in the world to maintain relationship with other people, such as “Think before you speak and then talk with reservation,” “More friends, more paths. More enemies, more barriers,” “Keeping silent on the faults of good friends makes for a long and good friendship,” and so on. When we do things according to these philosophies of life, actually, this just shows that what we worship is still Satan. Our maintaining relationship with others in this way is hated by God. What God requires of us is to have a normal relationship with Him and do everything according to His words, such as being an honest person, not telling lies in interacting with others, and not making flattering remarks. When seeing that the practices of some brothers and sisters are not in accordance with or violate the Lord’s teachings, we can point it out instead of being afraid of displeasing them. In short, all things are established on the basis of the Lord’s teachings. We can practice whatever the Lord requires of us. Only this is having a normal relationship with God. The above are the four principles for us Christians’ interacting with others. If we often practice in this way, many difficulties we encounter when getting along with others will be readily solved, what we live out will surely gain the Lord’s approval, and we will certainly become ones pleasing to God. Amen! You may be interested in: 4 Principles by Which We Christians Easily Interact With Others How to Get Along With Others Easily 3 Tips for Church Leaders to Help and Support Brothers and Sisters
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