January 29, 2010
If youve ever rushed through an airport terminal with two heavy suitcases and a carry-on, youve realized the importance of packing light for a trip. Those bags have a way of weighing you down. Our emotional baggage has the same effect. Clinging on to past failures and regrets hinders walking freely with Christ. The weight of this burden slows down your pursuit of God by diverting your attention from the future. In essence, you are walking into the future facing the wrong direction. The problem is you were designed to move forward, not backwards.
While reflecting on the condition of your heart during the last blog post, you were forced to confront the emotional baggage you continue to carry. There will be a tendency to pick a word out of guilt and utilize it in a way it was never intended: to make up for regrets of the past. Guilt never produces lasting transformation. Your word must move you forward by keeping your life heading into the promise of the future. The hope that you cling to is that even though the past cannot be fixed, it can be redeemed. The past maybe irreparable, but the future is always available. Take a moment to reflect on the motives behind the words you are considering.
- Read 1 Peter 5:7. Are any of the words on your list driven by the desire to make up for past mistakes? How is this causing you to continue to hold on to the burdens of the past? Which word(s) seems to propel you forward towards the hope of future change?
FOR THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY PICKED THEIR WORD FOR 2010
The idea of relationships is simply about connecting or more importantly finding a connection. The implication is that you must be proactive by searching for these points of connection and common ground. Then you need to go a step further and bear with one another instead of checking out or running when things get too personal. You want so desperately to be known; yet you set boundaries up in your mind. If an individual gets to close to those boundaries, you start to rethink your connection to them. When it becomes personal, it becomes dangerous. People might actually figure out that you dont have it all together.
We all fool ourselves into believing that we are the only one who has destructive habits, a past full of regrets, and flaws they cannot correct. The truth is everyone is crazy and we all need people to keep our craziness in check. Living authentically means being vulnerable and transparent. Before you begin the journey with your one word, reflect on the individuals who can come alongside you and encourage your growth.
- Would you say you are known inside of community? Who are the people that have come along side you in your pursuit of living out your One Word?
Lets explore this idea that community plays a critical role in our effort to reflect Christs heart. Community is something we desire, but at the same time fear. Wed love to hear your response to the following question: What compels you to share what Christ is doing in your life? What holds you back?