One thing I try to instill in new refugees is that whatever job they take is their first job in America. We talk about building a life here step by step. Their new lives are not going to happen overnight.
Starting a new life takes time. It isn’t easy to be patient with the process. They need to learn survival English, get a first job, get their kids in school, get things over time for their apartments, and go to many appointments.
I explain to them the importance of continuing with their English learning, so they can improve their lives here in the future.
When I teach newcomer refugees about building their new lives here, I think about how God helps us to build a new life in Jesus. Paul wrote about it in Philippians 1:
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
When I think about who I was and what I was like 30 years ago when I rededicated my life to Jesus, I realize how much I have changed and grown because of God working patiently in my life. He works in our lives to prepare us and help us grow. He has a purpose in mind for us as Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Some changes can happen quickly such as giving up old bad habits. But the realization of what he is calling us to and the changes in us that go along with that process takes times. I did not realize what he was calling me until 11 years after I rededicated my life to Jesus. It happened step by step, day by day, through being willing to try new things and most of all being led bu Jesus.
We are always under construction by the master builder Jesus. The good news is that the master builder loves us and wants the best for us.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.