People are not objects or things. Leading them requires emotional intelligence. You need to develop skills like initiating, growing, maintaining, and deepening relationships. Such skills are not really learned in a seminar. They’re learned through the crucibles of life itself.
Do what you’re made for, according to the level of your God-given capacity. Don’t compare or compete with anyone. Don’t measure yourself by yourself or by the standards of others. Let God commend you. Find your WHY in Him! Do everything for His glory!
“A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.” Proverbs 20:2
It’s difficult to relate with an angry person. It’s better to leave that person alone until he or she can calm down. Setting a truce is wiser than trying to argue with an angry person. You cannot reason with a person whose emotions are out of control. Control yourself and do not provoke that person further.
Life is power and energy. When you’re alive, you can do things. When you’re not alive — that is, when you’re dead — you’re done. There’s nothing else you can do. To be alive, and to continue to do so, and to thrive as well, you need to interact and engage with realities outside of yourself. For instance, you need to interact and engage with air, food, water, etc. in order to continue to be alive. But you would need to exercise and train if you want to thrive physically. The greatest reality is of course the kingdom of God. When you fail to interact and engage with this reality, and to do so in increasing measure, you will die spiritually. The soul needs God to be truly alive. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (http://m.me/rlccphil)
Stories are powerful. They’re not like mere ideas. Stories, especially those that are well told, can capture us totally, making our bodies act or react in unusual ways. We behave according to our emotions, even though we may claim that our minds are in control. Honestly, most of us are motivated by what we feel at the moment. We are tossed here and there by our emotions. That’s where stories play an important role. They quickly trigger our emotions causing us to behave illogically sometimes. That’s why we need to be aware of the stories we create or allow to play in our minds. Once our emotions are triggered, we can act irresponsibly. Now the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control. When we submit our whole being to Him, we become more aware of what’s going on inside of us, especially in our heads. Let us walk in the Spirit and choose wisely what we entertain in our thoughts. (http://m.me/rlccphil)
Difficulties are quite normal. No one is exempted from them. But whatever type of difficulty we are in, our response to it will determine whether we will in fact benefit from it or not. For example, if we question God’s goodness because He allowed it to happen, we may become bitter toward Him and not pray to Him anymore. Or maybe we will blame God for the suffering we are in, or the choices we make as a result, thinking that it’s God’s fault that we are tempted to sin. As a result, our trust in Him may be affected. Such responses do not help us at all. They also do not change the situation we are in. We need to persevere and stay steadfast in our trust in God, even though we may not understand everything. We must continually put our hope in Him, for in doing so our faith will be strengthened by grace. From mere trusting God as an act our will, by God’s grace we will transition to trusting God because we have seen and tasted the goodness of God. We will have experiential knowledge of His faithfulness. This only happens after the trial is over. So be strong and persevere in the Lord. It will not be easy, but this is a better response to every kind of difficulty. (http://m.me/rlccphil)