Since I'm knee-deep in French language learning that's what this post is going to be about. :) (Sorry, don't have a picture of me studying...David is cuter anyway!) It is a long, hard road to learn another language but I'm grateful for the challenge (sometimes I have to remind myself of that!). It has been interesting and eye opening to not know the language around me - I use all my brain power just to keep up and figure out what is going on. But it's also been good to listen more...to not have to have the first or last word (because I don't know the word anyway) and to really take in what's going on rather than having to be the one who is being heard. It's also humbling; humbling to stand in a group and feel totally alone or want to comfort or say something and not know how to do it. It's also the furthest I've been pushed to go for a relationship - I'm going to learn a whole other language and way of life just because I know it's worth it to be in relationship with you.
A scripture that has been a declaration for me is 1 Corinthians 14:10-11 "There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me."
I don't want to (and will not be...praise the Lord) a foreigner forever to these people here. I will always be from another place physically but through language I can be a friend, mentor, help, blessing etc to those around me.
We are not all called to learn another language for the sake of relationship and blessing others. But I do believe we are called outside and beyond ourselves to love others. If all your relationships are possible, I challenge you to ask God for an "impossible" relationship. God's love for us has given us the ability to show the same crazy, radical, limitless love to everyone. :)