Question #10 – What are your goals in going? Do you feel that you’re a little idealistic?
I am under no illusion that everything will be as we expect and that it will go 100% smoothly. Nothing in life is certain. In fact, I anticipate some of our best memories will be of those situations that we least anticipate. Our primary goals in going are to experience a new place and culture. We hope to have a ‘reset’; a time of rest. We hope that overall this will be a life-changing experience for all of us.
Question #11 – Aren’t you scared to go live in another country, especially when you have never been there before?
Yes, it is a little scary not knowing what to expect. However, one thing I have decided in life is to not make choices based off my fear. So many people do this and end up nearing the end of their life with regrets about many of the choices they made based on the fact that they were afraid to step out on faith. Our God is not an author of fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 says: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
We have been given the power and freedom to make choices in life. If we are always choosing not to do something because we are afraid, we will never truly live a fulfilled life. There have been many people that we have talked to about our plans that have told us how much they would love to do something like this, but were either too fearful or couldn’t let go of their ‘stuff’. There have also been those that were grandparents that told us that they had always wanted to do something like this, but never did. They always thought there would be another opportunity or more time. We are choosing to step out and take a leap of faith.
My kids and I recently were watching the movie “Secondhand Lions”. A young boy, Walter, is raised by his adventure-seeking great uncles. At the end of the movie, Walter is grown into a man and was called to his uncle’s home because they had died. A man brings his young son to see where these two men had lived. The little boy had heard stories about these men and their adventures from his grandfather. The little boy looks at Walter and asks “So these men in my Grandfather’s stories, they really lived?” Walter looks at the little boy, smiles, and says “Yeah! They really lived!” I have decided that at the end of my life, I want people to be able to say that about me. “She REALLY lived!!”
This wraps up all the questions I could think of. If you have more, feel free to ask them in the comments and we will try to respond.