I have two questions for you.
- Do you have a safe place?
A judgement-free zone. A place where you can feel free to share what’s on your mind without worrying that people will be so scandalized they’ll never talk to you again.
- Do you have a stretching place that challenges you?
A mediocrity-free zone. A place that inspires you and motivates you to be better.
We need both. We need a place where we can be accepted as we are AND a place where we can be challenged to be more than we ever thought we could be. We need a place that can handle the worst in us AND a place that brings out the best in us.
We call it “a safe place” or “a stretching place”, but really the “place” is secondary to the relationships that happen there. The people are what makes the place scary or safe–discouraging or encouraging.
A Great Example
As Christ-followers, we have the greatest example of this concept. God saved us by grace while we were still in sin and had nothing to offer him. He knew who we were and that we were incapable of pleasing him in our own strength. But he choose to love, save and even adopt us into his family. We were accepted and adopted as we were. THEN, God sets out to help build us into a new creation to display his glory to the world. Consider these three examples. Continue Reading…