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Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries A Living Truth Ministry Why Am I Here? All Above and Beyond materials are Copy Right Protected and created by, Dr. Cheryl A. Durham, B.P.Min, M.Min, D.B.S President Living Truth Director, Above & Beyond Discipleship Ministries

There are times in my ministry that I receive “unsigned one-liners” as I call them.  The author is either very angry or embarrassed.  One of them that I received recently simply demanded that I tell them one good reason why they were alive. Gosh, I wish I really could know the complete answer to that one…but I can say a few things.   I could feel the hurt, anger and frustration emanating from that page.  What the author did not know is that I demanded that answer some 18 years ago.  I smile a bittersweet smile as I read the question, remembering my own experience. God has brought me a long way.   How could I give this person hope? In only this brief moment, how could I reach out and show Christ’s love to them?  Since a pat answer only flames the fire, I asked many questions.    Starting with what I knew, I told the author that they mattered to God and to me.  Following that, I needed to ask questions; all kinds of questions meant to get a better understanding of why that person felt the way they did and what they meant by their statement.  Very often, what a person means gets lost in the translation. We often can read meaning into someone else’s words, and we can form wrong judgments about a person based on our own bias.  

There are times in my ministry that I receive “unsigned one-liners” as I call them.  The author is either very angry or embarrassed.  One of them that I received recently simply demanded that I tell them one good reason why they were alive. Gosh, I wish I really could know the complete answer to that one…but I can say a few things.

 

I could feel the hurt, anger and frustration emanating from that page.  What the author did not know is that I demanded that answer some 18 years ago.  I smile a bittersweet smile as I read the question, remembering my own experience. God has brought me a long way.

 

How could I give this person hope? In only this brief moment, how could I reach out and show Christ’s love to them?  Since a pat answer only flames the fire, I asked many questions. 

 

Starting with what I knew, I told the author that they mattered to God and to me.  Following that, I needed to ask questions; all kinds of questions meant to get a better understanding of why that person felt the way they did and what they meant by their statement.  Very often, what a person means gets lost in the translation. We often can read meaning into someone else’s words, and we can form wrong judgments about a person based on our own bias.

 

The next thing I needed to do was to find out what they were thinking and how they concluded that there was no good reason for them to be here. I told them that I cared and sent my reply. Then I just began to pray.   If or when I hear back from that person, I will begin to build a relationship with them beyond the prayer one I have now.  I need to earn the right to speak into this person’s life. I need to get to know them in a better way. A mere question does not give me an invitation to give further advice or judge their motives.   I recently experienced that judgment.  A person, who does not know me at all, recently advised me in a way that showed their lack of knowledge of me personally, and revealed a prejudice against what may be seen as a stereotype of who this person thinks that I am.  While I am sure that this person is trying to be helpful, their method left much to be desired. It would have been helpful if this person tried to understand who I was, and why I did things before jumping to conclusions and taking offense. This person “deconstructed” my meaning and inserted their own. My heart, and meaning, was not considered and a judgment was made based on an imposed motive.

The next thing I needed to do was to find out what they were thinking and how they concluded that there was no good reason for them to be here. I told them that I cared and sent my reply. Then I just began to pray.

 

If or when I hear back from that person, I will begin to build a relationship with them beyond the prayer one I have now.  I need to earn the right to speak into this person’s life. I need to get to know them in a better way. A mere question does not give me an invitation to give further advice or judge their motives.

 

I recently experienced that judgment.  A person, who does not know me at all, recently advised me in a way that showed their lack of knowledge of me personally, and revealed a prejudice against what may be seen as a stereotype of who this person thinks that I am.  While I am sure that this person is trying to be helpful, their method left much to be desired. It would have been helpful if this person tried to understand who I was, and why I did things before jumping to conclusions and taking offense. This person “deconstructed” my meaning and inserted their own. My heart, and meaning, was not considered and a judgment was made based on an imposed motive.

I would like to get to know this person better. From my view, it seems they have a chip on their shoulder in an effort to self-protect.  It is unfortunate, because when we do this we obstruct our view of reality. If we all did that, we would not be able to communicate at all.  We would never really get to know “the other” and our reason for being here is diminished.   Perhaps that is where the inquirer is. If you pray with me, maybe they will write back.

I would like to get to know this person better. From my view, it seems they have a chip on their shoulder in an effort to self-protect.  It is unfortunate, because when we do this we obstruct our view of reality. If we all did that, we would not be able to communicate at all.  We would never really get to know “the other” and our reason for being here is diminished.

 

Perhaps that is where the inquirer is. If you pray with me, maybe they will write back.

Doing Good to Others Bible Study Titus 3:1-11   Read Passage   What is the inward attitude we are to have toward others? Verse 1   Why? Verses 3-7   How should we behave outwardly toward others? V2   As Christians, how should we behave toward each other?  Verses 8-11   How does Paul demonstrate this in verses 12-15?   Ask God to open your heart to this passage and show you now to use it to grow   Than Him for the opportunities, He will give you to practice what you have learned. Why Am I Here? question study guide next page. E-Mail [email_address] for your bible study session. There she will go over answers with you on a personal level. Enjoy! www.livingtruth.us/chaplydia.html Why Am I here listen to the full audio teaching

“ My Heart Won’t Find Rest” (Verse 1) You're the God who made the earth You're the One who made the heavens too You set the moon and stars in place You made the light shine into the darkness In your image You made mankind From the dust of the earth they came In seven days Your creative power Showed Your loving ways and perfect plan (Verse 2) You have made us for Yourself So that we might know You and enjoy you To taste Your goodness and know Your grace To make You known and bring You glory Inside of Christ we have a hope That will satisfy a longing soul Promising richest rewards Bringing comfort to a broken heart (Chorus) And my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You (Verse 3) In creation You've shown Your power In the cross You've brought us mercy And in Your love you sent Your Son To turn away Your anger from us So we can know You more my Lord So we can meet You in Your word Father Son and Holy Ghost Almighty God, I want to hear Your voice (Repeat Chorus) And my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest (Bridge) Yet so many things take my focus away From delighting in You and keep You from guiding my ways Please Father come now and take Your place in my life With Christ as my Lord and with Your Spirit as my guide (Repeat Chorus) For my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest For my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You In You Copyright © 2003 Nick Mott http://songsofpraise.org/song.php?songid=405

(Verse 1) You're the God who made the earth You're the One who made the heavens too You set the moon and stars in place You made the light shine into the darkness In your image You made mankind From the dust of the earth they came In seven days Your creative power Showed Your loving ways and perfect plan (Verse 2) You have made us for Yourself So that we might know You and enjoy you To taste Your goodness and know Your grace To make You known and bring You glory Inside of Christ we have a hope That will satisfy a longing soul Promising richest rewards Bringing comfort to a broken heart (Chorus) And my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You (Verse 3) In creation You've shown Your power In the cross You've brought us mercy And in Your love you sent Your Son To turn away Your anger from us So we can know You more my Lord So we can meet You in Your word Father Son and Holy Ghost Almighty God, I want to hear Your voice

(Repeat Chorus) And my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest (Bridge) Yet so many things take my focus away From delighting in You and keep You from guiding my ways Please Father come now and take Your place in my life With Christ as my Lord and with Your Spirit as my guide (Repeat Chorus) For my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest For my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You No my heart won't find rest Till it finds its rest in You In You Copyright © 2003 Nick Mott

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