This is mainly in terms of getting, drawing or receiving crucial help from those we look up to or work with; it might be visits from John or others who come to input into our lives or the work we do. I have attempted to put down what I am realising has potential to give us more benefit. The lesson became clearer to me after the last visit to us by John and Dawn.
The lesson I have learnt is that when God sends you someone who is further in the road you are walking, a resourceful person, or someone with a specific thing God wants you to get. There is no doubt to me that several times some people possess a light from which we can light ours in many aspects. We need to make the most of such divine appointments. Though there might be a lot of things I would want to talk about, I now choose to be deliberate about not taking up the whole time talking without positioning and quieting my spirit to focus on drawing help. The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment. Sharing has to be an opening all life, including successes, challenges and desires in order to get real help that can unlock our ability to move forward where we feel limited or hindered.
In our case (I mean all of us in this discussion forum), we already know there will be opportunities to draw from John and others leading us, as well as those we work with. It is important to write down those things we feel stuck on or confused about in the very moments they trouble us because we might not recall them to proper depth later when we need to explore them and discuss them. Again, we can think well in advance of those things that normally challenge us and leave us with the feeling of badly missing satisfactory or right kind of help; some of these maybe things that recurrently occur.
The urge to be heard and to prove what is going on well can hinder us from paying attention to what God wants us to catch if we forget the primary purpose of each appointment
So, when opportunities to be with those that disciple us come, sometimes the temptation to only show the positive side of things is strong, but realising that it limits defining help coming our way, will help us open up on areas we actually feel held up on or held back on. I have realised most progress has come with fresh challenges and setbacks, thus some challenges come because we have come to new territory or a different part of the journey. There is need to put away any thoughts that say our struggles mean we are failing. Although not all problems come because of growth or progress, no matter what is the source of our challenges, they still need to be shared earnestly to access the input needed in order to handle them well. This I am seeing has a lot to do with our personal growth and improvement in the quality of the teams God is building around us.
Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly. God has ways of helping our personal development through the troublesome issues as we also get empowered to resolve them effectively.
Therefore, my suggestion is that, as you get opportunities share your progress and desired future, bring to light the thorny realities unreservedly.
I just kept on having an urge to share this for some time now. So, in case someone finds this helpful in their own journey, I have decided to share it. Just remember, the big choice we have to make is how we interpret God’s provision, is it a chance to show ourselves and exhibit all our strengths, or a time to put our ear to Him on what He is intending with each provision? Actually, the purpose can be different with each encounter, but there will always be drawing of strength and revelation from God.
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