Being an expat in South Korea has taught me a lot about how culture affects my actions. I live in arguably the most homogeneous country in the world. As I go through my day, Korea shapes me, changes me, and makes me a different version of my original self. I see it most in my speech. Since I study Korean and teach middle school, I often find broken English the norm in my life.
That's one of the reasons I began blogging. It helps me to keep up my English, so to speak. Over the summer, I went back to America to visit family and saw just how much Korea had shaped me. From my mannerisms to my speaking pattern, I had to readjust to the culture I was actually born in. Growing up in church, I often heard this verse:
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. " (Romans 12:2 ESV)
Being in Korea has really allowed me to gain a new perspective on this verse. Korea isn't my permanent home. I'm just a sojourner, making Korea my temporary dwelling. In the same way, as Christians, this earth is not our final home. So how do we not conform to this world? Check out my guest post 5 Practical Ways to Not Conform to this World on JoyPursued.com.