We moved to Thailand June 24. There were several reasons for this. For those of you that were early tuners in to the blog you got to read those reasons. Sorry I deleted a lot of the old stuff to try and make the site more manageable. If you were one of the late comers, the basic reasons for the move were, to spend more time with family, offer a different opportunity for my children, and to improve my spiritual life. These three reasons have a few sub categories but you get the idea.
The argument that I heard from more than a few was, “could I not achieve those things where I was?” My response was and still is, “yes, of course.” However, as my economically smart friend has told me on more than one occasion, “future success is based mainly on past results.” If that premise is true, then me staying in that particular situation was not a formula for success.
I am a big believer in truthful self-evaluation. I’m an even bigger believer in letting the Bible be your evaluator. After it’s all said and done, what is it that God says and how do you measure up. Truth was, I had been weighed and measured and been found lacking in all areas.
So to Thailand we came. How has it been? Not surprisingly the devil didn’t just give up and leave me alone. J There are still challenges each day, but I am learning to do what I can and leave the rest to Him.
Perhaps one of the bigger issues in my life was my love of sports. Dwayne Lemon calls it, “my darling sin”. It was almost inescapable for me. It’s what we talked about at work, it was what was on the radio, it was what I looked at online. I wasn’t strong enough to kick my addiction so to speak. Being here has made it easier to overcome, but the temptation is still there. I can just as easily follow my sports teams online from Thailand as I can from Texas. J Yet, no one on my job talks about it, I don’t have a radio, and my internet connection is so slow, checking on sports becomes more of a hassle than anything else. After six months, I can confidently say that I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
I now just glance over headlines like any other story. I haven’t listened or seen a game since I left. Progress is being made, if only in baby steps.
This sports issue was big because it actually affected/affects all three categories that I mentioned above. Me spending so much time with sports took away from my time with God and my girls. And unlike most, I happen to believe that getting my kids involved with sports actually limits their future opportunities. (That’s another blog for another time J )
I have been asked in many different ways but in essence it is all the same question. “Do I feel I made the right decision in coming to Thailand?”
Without hesitation my answer is yes.
Keep the prayers coming though, life would be too easy if that were the only issue I came here with. One issue down, hundreds to go.