Outside of Comfort

As we were waiting to leave Sunday after church, we got two invitations from church members to come to their house for lunch. We kindly accepted and set up times to come over with Pastor Gustavo and Miss Claudia because would also be there. Thankfully. For our introverted anti-social personalities, this is far beyond our confront zones. Joel and I aren’t exactly the most social people.
Yesterday, we had lunch with the first family at their house in Eagle Pass. Being the incredibly picky eater that I am, I not only step out of my comfort zone to socialize with people I don’t know very well, but I am also concerned with the menu. Whether I like the food or not, I pretty much have to eat it. While having lunch with another family may not seem like much, it’s a big step for both of us. And to top it all off, Joel and I were in a bit of a time crunch. We had a face time meeting with the pastors at 4:45. When we have a meal with someone in Mexico, it typically lasts a few hours.
After a long wait in line on the bridge to cross the border, we finally arrived at the family’s apartment. They were very welcoming (like everyone else we meet). A couple of people left to go get the food. I told Joel that was probably a good sign because normally when people leave to get food, they bring back fresh meat to cook. I figured I would probably like it. But this time was different. They didn’t bring back fresh meat. Filled in a big brown paper bag was fried chicken and french fries. Score! Later we found out they wanted to serve us something other than Mexican food because they figured we were getting a lot of that. How sweet! We spent a couple of hours after we ate talking and sharing about ourselves. The family knew English, some better than others. Just before we left, the family thanked us for coming and sharing our presence with them. I was so humbled. I’m not anyone special.
The day went much better than we planned. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed good food with great people. Tomorrow will be another adventure as we meet another family for lunch. And added to the schedule is yet another meal with a family Saturday night after we speak at the youth service. This week is a reminder that I need Jesus everyday. It is because of Him that I can socialize with new people with true joy.

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One thought on “Outside of Comfort

  1. Love your blog. I’m so proud of you both!! Hugs and kisses to you and all my favs! Greet Ms Yolanda and Claudia for me. Xoxo

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