This time of year people start thinking about how quickly the year is passing. Before you know it, the days blur together and you might wonder if life is passing you by. (I’m not the only one, right?!)
But I don’t think the pace of life is the real problem.
Most people who feel their lives and cross-cultural work are valuable have found a way to do 3 things:
- Invest in the relationships that are important to them,
- Keep growing as a person, and
- Play their part in the Great Commission.
In other words, they have a system for processing life with God that allows them to be more integrated as people and families.
People and families with a system to process and debrief the last 12 months avoid these 3 mistakes:
- Forgetting or Romanticizing the Good
- Excusing or Hyperfocusing on the Bad
- Ignoring or Elevating the Ugly
That sped-up feeling most of us are feeling at this point in the year is actually a gift.
It’s telling us that life, as we know it, isn’t working as well as it could. You don’t have to forget or romanticize the good, excuse or hyperfocus on the bad, or ignore or elevate the ugly parts of your life.
You have another more life-giving option.
The Annual Debrief and Annual Family Debrief courses have helped hundreds of cross-cultural workers just like you. As one participant said,
“Thanks to the Annual Debrief course I was SO much better at thinking about and unpacking my life. Which meant I was more prepared to deal with the many challenges I faced in the months after doing the Annual Debrief (death of a teammate, death of teammate’s mom, many other team and my immediate family struggles). My time was stretched thin, but I mentally was in a good place and handled the subsequent months with grace all but maybe 5% of the time—I’m guessing that number would have been about 50% without the debriefing!” —Shannon
Doing the math, 50% to 5% of handling life with grace is a big jump of 45%! While you might not face all that Shannon did, you know you know that the rest of the year will hold plenty of living for you too.
We designed this course so that like Shannon you can say, “You handled the next months with grace.”