Beyond the Harness
An experience with Brad and his daughter learning to downhill ski opens up a dialog with Wayne about our passion to see others grow and freeing them for an adventurous journey instead of building their dependence on us or our program. Growing up forces us to overcome our fears and discover that God is able to work in us as we learn to live in him. They also talk about the importance of cheering each other on to that confidence as an important component to fellowship and helping others grow up in him.
Your wrote: “…… the importance of cheering each other on to that confidence as an important component to fellowship and helping others grow up in him.”
This one phrase in the synopsis of your discussion outlines the greatest need and neglect in the modern Church, the gift of encouragement. I have been in churches for the most of my 50+ year life. I have been critistzed, beaten down, made to feel unworthy, my doctrine has been corrected and corrected again, but I can just about count on my two hands the number of times that the genuine gift of encouragement has been applied.
For the past five years I have made it a point to encourage fellow men and woman to achieve their dreams and potential. I have found it amazing that people reach their potential far quicker with encouragement than with ANY type of critisizm. Even “constructive” critisizm is less effective than encouragement. I have found that I have made more friends and even when they make mistakes, they still return to me for more encouragement and help.
Try it. It works wonders
Keep up the good site and God bless