If I were to ask you who has had a high level of influence in your life, who would you mention? What impact did they have on you? Most of us have a handful of people we would think of. Their touch on our lives is noteworthy – sometimes life-changing. Their life has been a kind of “virtual e-pistle”* for you to read. They had opportunity to influence you.
Encouragement is always easier to receive than rebuke. Yet, we all need both. Truly we do. Unfortunately, most people put all their energy into defending and protecting themselves instead of opening to whatever truth is being presented. That’s a sign of insecurity, and possibly pride. A secure person who is humble doesn’t worry too much about their defense. Maybe a little. But they rally with courage, receive an honest message, pray through it, filter out whatever is irrelevant, and apply whatever is helpful. It’s as if they are saying, “It is what it is. And that’s OK, because I’m aiming for more of Christ.” They are willing to accept the bottom line: we affect each other.
What does it look like to work with diverse people to touch a world for Christ? How do you effectively set aside differences? How do people who are so un-similar work together for common goals?
Your “differentness” is God’s idea. His plan. He made you different than any other person – with a unique personality, individual skill sets, custom-designed passions, very specific purposes.
And it pleased Him.
Your differentness is intended to enhance unity, not create division Read More …
Don’t you hate it when something gets quickly summed up – and it’s just not good?! Me, too. But sometimes, that’s the only way to get back on track and move forward.
Take, for example, when Paul goes right for the jugular: “The law is perfect and good. You are not perfect and good. You’ve been sold out to the dark side!” (Rom.7:14) OH NO!!