"Ukraine taught me to be vulnerable."
Of course, Ukraine taught me a sky-full of other things as well, but at the root, being in Ukraine undressed my pride, and unveiled the beauty of God's glory in my weakness. God told Paul that His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). I never really understood what that meant until Ukraine. The relationships I had in Ukraine taught me to be honest, showing my weaknesses. It is then God is fully glorified; if I only reveal my strengths, then people give me the glory for being a "good person," but if I'm vulnerable, then people see that any good coming out of me is from God, and glory is given to the One who deserves it.
Why do I struggle with showing my weaknesses? John 5:44. I seek the glory that comes from other people and not the glory that comes from the only God. But I don't want to be like that anymore, and by God's rich grace, I won't be. Because He is faithful.
He proved His faithfulness over, and over, and over, and I've never experienced it as tangibly as in Ukraine.
* the process of finding and catching lobster.