1. Window Seats
I’ve spent the past six months on a lot of long bus rides. Most of which were hot, crowded, and in major need of an air freshener. The only thing that makes it worth while is when I can pop in my earbuds, open the nearest window, and let the wind of the world-gone-by rush past my skin. The way my hair blows around my face and the earth blurs by reminds me that I’m not always in control of my surroundings, and that’s more than fine with me.
2. The View
I’ve learned a lot about slowing down, taking a deep breath, and soaking in the world around me. When we live in the present and live in the now we discover the beauty the world hands us. The mountains were made just for our viewing, the birds were made for us to gaze upon in awe, and the people put in front of us every single day are there to teach us a lesson. When we take a second to enjoy the view we can take more in than we ever imagined was there.
3. Being Teachable
There’s nothing more exciting than reflecting on the person I used to be, the life I used to live. When we allow ourselves to open up to the knowledge others have for us and truly humble ourselves to being teachable, we gift ourselves the ability to grow. When we allow ourselves to grow and retain the words spoken to us from wisdom we open ourselves up to also being a teacher, and letting others grow through our lessons learned.
4. Misty Mornings
When working on an orphanage in Nepal, we spent a morning atop the unfinished building to worship and lay our own spiritual foundation for the structure. My hair was literally dripping with the mist that clung to the air as the sun came out to us. It was so parallel to the Holy Spirit; thick and tangible, covering every inch of the atmosphere, pouring onto you and everything you touch. You walk away feeling soaked and drenched. Now every foggy morning I spend some time loving on my Father.
If there is anything I’ve learned over the last year it’s the need for healthy community to share life with. People who understand the importance of living with the same values and morals you have, calling you into greatness, and loving you powerfully and prayerfully. They’re the ones that hold you accountable, love you through your trials, and celebrate your triumphs.
Ashley Artrip is a 21-year-old from West Virginia. She left her home to spend a year on the World Race back in September. She has a passion for the Kingdom of God and his people. When she’s not entirely consumed by the beautiful mess called the World Race, she spends her time writing blogs and spoken words, reading and singing. You can follow her journey on her blog. Ashleyartrip.theworldrace.org.