Friday, June 08, 2007

Help me find me


Being Stewards of each other is an imperative of the Gospel. Many of us are drowning in the ignorance of our true nature. Many of us have been blinded by ill considered word and the worst of all, no word at all. We have not been encouraged to see the unique giftedness that lies in us. We have images like movies that replay scenes of our lives that affirm or disproof beliefs we have of ourselves. How true were those words spoken to us those years back, was the person really considerate when they said it, were they saying it out of spite or were they trying to manipulate us. We are often found drowning from the lack of words that are truly spoken to encourage and uplift us. The true word spoken to identify the parts of us that bring life to this world. To name them and claim them is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself and the world. Trevor Hudson quotes in his book ‘Invitations to Abundant life’ from a Gordon Cosby, We are to call forth the gifts of other people, to set them free, to throw the lifeline to them and be the one who, under God, helps a person discover that for which he or she was created.”

2 comments:

Sleepy Dog said...

Hi Dave,
This is such a key element in all facets of life, yet we so readily will utter the words that discourage and breakdown before we encourage and upbuild. Your phrase "Being Stewards of each other is an imperative of the Gospel." is not taken seriously enough in Christian circles, and often even less seriously at church leadership level. (Which may or may not be considered a Christian circle.)

You said, "We are often found drowning from the lack of words that are truly spoken to encourage and uplift us." This challenges me to speak more encouraging words, but also to listen to those whose words really matter, and not always the other voices. Funnily enough, i am preaching on this on Sunday, using Campolo as a reference. His main thing is to listen to those who count, most especially Christ.

BTW I love the new picture. As a word of encouragement, the old one was wonderful too.

Seriously, You are a blessing Dave. Love to you and to Ann.

Stu

David said...

Thanks,
I am encouraged.

Look forward to learning how to surf. There is a great place in Durban called the "Beach cafe." Beach umbrella's, music, and a dip in the wide blue ocean if you must. (No, the Apies does not flow into this sea!!)

See you soon,

David