This question meets a basic need and that’s why we need to ask. We all need companionship and wise spiritual counsel on this journey called life. From the beginning, God said it was not good for humans to be alone. The presence of mentors in our lives meets critical emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. The primary way we connect with mentors is by asking—either we ask someone to mentor us or they ask to become our mentor.
Conquering conflict begins with how we view it. Our perception of conflict will inevitably dictate our response. If we can shift our mindset to viewing conflict as an opportunity for growth and motivation for change, we can alter the entire nature and possible outcome of the conflict merely by changing how we view it.
Over time though, our frantic mornings have a way of bleeding into the rest of our days. Too many less-than-ideal starts impact more than our mornings; they lead to stressed-out souls. And let’s be real, we could all use a little less stress in our lives.
Have you ever been hurt? I bet I already know the answer—it’s a resounding yes. We’ve all been through something difficult or walked with someone who has. We walk through wilderness seasons—of loss or setback—and wonder where God is and what we are supposed to do about it?
I agree. It feels awful. It is hard to be stood up by a friend, or to be leading and have people flake on their commitments. In business relationships you lose customers if you are unreliable, but with friends, family, and in ministry, we sometimes have a hard time knowing how to navigate flakiness. Sometimes the grace abounds verse in Romans 5:20 seems to be understood as “you can walk all over me”.
You never forget the moment the purpose giver speaks to the purposeful. It wasn’t a glamorous moment. In fact, I almost missed it. I had come from the bathroom to walk down the stairs to play a pick up game of volleyball when the thought brushed quietly through my mind – your greatest purpose is to love.
Prayer is a radical act of relational connection. We are talking to God and listening for His response. What can we do when we hit a lull in that conversation? Get creative! Here are five ways I’ve mixed things up to keep the dialog moving.
Life is a series of choices - not the big kind that lead you down a daunting path of A or B, but the little ones that add up and follow you on your road to becoming. The good news is, you’re always only one choice away from a bolder faith.
The rug is there to serve the people in the house. If I’m constantly harping at my kids and guests to “mind the rug!”, I have put people in the service of the rug, and maybe that rug is not right for us in this season. People should always trump possessions.
We need to take care of our bodies in order to take care of our battles. Five and a half inches is the length of our battle. The distance from your left ear to your right ear. Each day we will continue to fight in the invisible -- the invisible depression of our past and the invisible anxieties of our future. As we move from Band-Aids to building the immunity of our minds and our bodies, our fight will become energy-charged and focused on the present.
It all boils down to this…contentment isn’t something we are born with. In fact, we come out of the womb discontent and selfish! We must choose to be content. So today, as you contend for more, embrace the sweet and necessary tension of being content as well.