Americans tend to have a monochronic view of time and see it as a limited and valuable resource. The majority of the world has a polychronic view of time and sees it as somewhat unlimited. "There will always be more time" is most people's view of time. These two views are explained in detail in the book When Helping Hurts.
our church's 3 day house build trip this weekend. It would be very easy to put our heads down, work like crazy people, and BUILD THAT HOUSE! But a big price could be paid if we do it that way. We could miss out on the relationship with the single mom and her two kids who we're building the house for. We could miss the larger picture... that we are partnering with the local church in Mexico to build this house. We could miss building relationships with people on the house building team. Worse yet, we could miss seeing God through the eyes of the poor that he loves so dearly.
So, although I want to build a house this weekend for Martha, Daniela, and Alexa, I vow to do my best to take it all in. That might require me putting down my hammer or camera, but I don't want to miss all God is doing this weekend! I'll be a little more flexible and enjoy Mexico time. I'm going to make some new friends!