Growing up in China and working with a multitude of different Asian cultures, I noticed one similarity across the board. Tea. Now I know that isn”t all the insightful or deep but bear with me. For Asians, getting together for tea is not just about the tea itself. Getting together for tea is their way of spending time with people, for building relationships, listening to know what is going on in each others lives, and taking the time out of your day to value the people God has placed in your life.
America can learn a lot from this. So often we get caught up in our lives, our schedules, and everything we have to get done that we so easily overlook taking the time out to spend with friends and family.I know I for one too often take for granted the precious time I have with my family. Everyday I struggle with slowing down and really focusing on those around me.
For this reason I was very nervous about moving to New York. New York is easily one of the busiest cities in the world and I was once again apprehensive that I would let the hustle and bustle of the city get in the way of making friends. I was told that people were too busy and it was difficult to make relationships with anybody. I realized God had let me grow up in a tea culture for a reason and never before had I realized the importance and the blessing of this. I was able to drink tea everyday and because I took the time out of my schedule and displayed genuine interest in people, I was able to make connections and invest in the relationships that God had placed in front of me.
|Pray for Katie|
|Pray for Tirzah|
Never again will I underestimate what God can do through using something as simple as tea.