Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 30

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus by Gary W. Moon. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 30:  The Best Way To Apprentice Others

–   Jesus’ focus is on product development – produce people whose hearts truly are renovated and the world will want in.

–  Do the best job at producing what everyone craves

– The best way to do outreach is to do an outstanding job of inreach

– The best way to apprentice others is to be a passionate apprentice

I am a firm believer that American Christianity lacks personal models of apprenticeship. We see, in our churches, a brand of Christianity that is reasonable and rational; a brand of Christianity that lacks sacrifice, surrender, and dedication. We need more models of Christians who are earnestly seeking renovation of their spiritual life. We need more examples of what it looks like to be Christlike in the 21st century. The norm in our churches does not need to be the status quo because that is not working. The norm needs to be a collection of people whose lives are being daily impacted by the work of Jesus Christ.

Apprentice Activity: A Final Assessment

–  Step 1: Apprentices are with him, learning to be like him. – In what ways are you with Jesus?

– Step 2: Apprentices are being immersed at all levels of growth in the presence of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. – How do you experience God as your Father, teacher, and healer? What differences has these experiences made in your life?

– Step 3: Apprentices begin to act like Christ because they are becoming like him through inward transformation. – What personal changes have you seen that can be attributed to inward transformation?

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 16 –  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

I love Colossians 3:16 and have used it has a guide to some of the ministry attempts that I have been involved in. I like to teach but I want to make sure that I teach the ‘message of Christ’ and not my own. I want this message to be such a part of my own life that it just spills out on every other aspect of my life. And then to be able to teach with wisdom that comes from rich sources just sounds so appealing to me.

What is Jesus teaching me? The Easter story just reminds me how weak I am and this has been confirmed in some of my daily encounters. Judas, Peter,the sleeping disciples, the enraged crowd, the Pharisees, and Thomas all just seem so weak and limited in their ability to handle tough situations and I know that I would have been right there along with them. But then to hear Jesus from the cross say, “Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing,” just overwhelms me. What care, compassion, and mercy is shown by Jesus on the cross. It leaves me breathless. My limitations next to the immensity of Jesus’ love puts my life in proper perspective. I should be on my knees daily in humble praise for my Savior.

Have you ever measured up your limitations next to Jesus? What about the Easter story affects you the most?

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Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 29

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus by Gary W. Moon. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 29:  Becoming A Master Craftsman: It’s All About The Vim and Vigor

–   VIM is an acronym created by Dallas Willard in his book, Renovation of the Heart. V stands for Vision, I stands for Intention, and M stands for Means. Willard calls this a “reliable pattern of change” that can be found in virtually all successful programs working on changing patterns of behavior such as AA or Weight Watchers. I have used VIM in changes involving fitness, career, and spiritual matters.

–  Baltimore Catechism – “Why did God make me? God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him and to be happy with him forever.”

This comes from a posts I published on Jan. 24 regarding the VIM pattern: From 2002-2006, my wife and I did intense work at an inner city ministry. Leah ran the kitchen and I volunteered with various ministries and efforts. One thing that I tried to do was meet with some of the men who had recently become followers of Christ. We tried to meet a couple of times a month to read scripture and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. As so often happens, our meetings kind of fizzled out and we were not meeting regularly. A few months later, one of the guys, who I had not seen in several months, came back around and reminded me of some of the things that he learned from our small group. This guy was barely literate but the one thing that he remembered was the VIM pattern of change.

Apprentice Activity: Personal VIM Statement

–  Use the following questions to help form a personal VIM statement:

Vision – What can you envision yourself becoming through the renovation of your heart into Christlikeness?

Intention – Have you decided that your vision of your transformed self is important enough that you will do whatever it takes to see it become a reality?

Means – What tools and practices can you begin using to help achieve change? Are their items to read? Classes to take? Church ministries to be involved in?

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 15 –  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

More from my VIM post from Jan. 24: Why is intention so important? We all can see ourselves changed and are well aware of the means that are out there for achieving the change but until we have made a firm decision that our changed self is worth pursuing then the means will do us no good. I can think back in my own life when efforts to change failed and point to a lack of intention as the culprit.

What is Jesus teaching me? That God answers prayer. I can think of two instances in the past few days where I prayed for something specific and my prayers were answered. I have tried over the last year to pay more attention to how God answers my prayers and to thank him for his answer. I am oblivious, or too self absorbed, most of the time to recognize that God has indeed answered my prayer. O Lord, may you open my eyes to all of the ways that you are providing for me, protecting me, and making your presence known.

What answers to prayer have you noticed over the last several weeks? How would you rate your ability to recognize God’s work in your life? What could you do to be more aware of God’s action in your life?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 28

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus by Gary W. Moon. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 28:  Eating A Balanced Diet: Six Streams of Christian Spirituality

–   There are six great Christian traditions and their emphasis can be traced back to Jesus and his practices. The six traditions are: Contemplative (prayer filled life), Holiness (virtuous life), Charismatic (spirit empowered life), Social Justice (compassionate life), Evangelical (Word filled life), and Incarnational (sacramental life).

–  Just as we need a balanced nutritional diet, we also need a balanced spiritual diet drawing from all of the traditions.

I came across the idea of the six great traditions about ten years ago when I was just beginning this spiritual formation quest. Richard Foster’s book Streams of Living Water details how a believer in Christ should cultivate all of the traditions and not just the one that they are most familiar with based upon their spiritual heritage or personal tendencies. Each tradition has a great gift to offer Christians and it has enriched my life to not only cultivate all of the traditions but to learn about them and how God has impacted the world through them. You will not be able to have a full Christian spiritual life if you do not have an understanding of  the life changing power of all the traditions.

Apprentice Activity: Eating a Balanced Diet

–  {I am going to modify Moon’s activity a bit for the purpose of this blog} Visit this site set up by the Renovare organization. Click on each of the six traditions and read the brief summary of the tradition.

– As you read the descriptions of each tradition, find the two that you least identify with and read one of the additional articles provided under that tradition. If any ideas or activities are mentioned for that tradition, make a decision to practice those this week.

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 14 –  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

In this section of the book, Moon provides a scale, along with a description, for each of the traditions. The reader is asked to identify on a scale of 1-5 where they fall for that particular tradition. Surprisingly, based on the descriptions given, my two lowest scores were for the Evangelical tradition and the Social Justice tradition. I say surprisingly because I come from an Evangelical background and have spent many hours in a Social Justice ministry. Still, the emphasis on Bible reading in the Evangelical tradition is something that I struggle with and could improve upon; and the intentional acts of service to those less fortunate is something I often do not make time for. I am going to seek out ways to work on these two areas.

What is Jesus teaching me? There is just so much to learn. No wonder the disciples seem so dull and out of it half the time. They were having to learn so much in such a short amount of time that they missed the mark on some key items along the way. I am learning to be patient with my growth and to be in expectation as to what grand things I will be able to learn next. Frustration and impatience is not going to make me more like Christ. Trust and patience is the best approach to spiritual formation.

Do you ever think that you are making little progress with your spiritual life? Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working around you and drawing you towards Christ?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 27

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 27:  The Need To Slow Down: Hurry is The Devil

–   “Hurry is not of the devil, hurry is the devil” – Carl Jung

–  All of life happens in the present moment.

–  “One of the greatest enemies to Jesus is service to Jesus. If you are not experiencing your yoke as easy and your burden as light, then you are bearing some other burden, but not the burden of Christ.” – Dallas Willard

– Jesus was never in a hurry

Our society has apparently determined that the present is not worth living. If we are always in a hurry then we are always living outside the present. James Bryan Smith says that, “In every waking hour a sacred theater is in session, played out before an audience that is largely blind.” Through hurry, we constantly miss what God is doing in our lives and in our world.

Apprentice Activity: Sleep, Play, Then Work

 Each week has 168 hours. There are equal amounts of time for sleep, play, and work

Map out your schedule to include 112 hours for sleep and recreation. That still leaves you 56 hours for work.

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

I dislike this use of numbers to show that we have 56 hours a week for work and 112 hours for sleep and play. It makes life seem so doable and just a matter of scheduling and being intentional. On paper, we can make just about anything look doable. What is more important to me is how these three things work in conjunction with one another. How more sleep leads to better work and more enjoyable play or how working well leads to play that is free and relaxed. I need energy to work well. Where will this energy come from? It could come from a good night’s sleep or from play that removes stress and clears the mind. I am all for more sleep and more play but I need to pay more attention to how these three things interact.

What is Jesus teaching me? In Matthew 12: 46-50, Jesus got an urgent message that his mother and brothers were waiting for him and calling for him. Instead of rushing off to tend to his family, Jesus took that moment to teach his followers what it means be part of the family of God. Earlier, Jesus is asked by Jairus to heal his daughter but along the way the women with the bleeding problem touches his clothes and Jesus stops his mission to heal the young girl so that he could impact the life of another (Mark 5:21-43). Jesus never missed an opportunity to teach, heal, or minister. He was completely in the present moment. In my life, I am usually replaying in my mind things that have already happened or forecasting what will happen later. I know that I can live more in the present because that is the only place where I can experience God.

How often do you live in the present? What are some things that keep you from living in the present?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 25

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts,can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 25:  Getting Through The Rough Spots

–   “Let this, then, be the first step, to abandon ourselves and devote the whole energy of our minds to the service of God” – Calvin

– Negative reinforcement is far more powerful than positive reinforcement

–  apprentice to Jesus = a very deep level of trust and surrender

– dark night of the soul = God has moved on, he is further down the road toward home and we have to seek him out but when we find him we are also further down the road and in better union with him

Though it is hard to take, I love the imagery of the road when thinking about times when God seems distant. Instead of thinking that God has deserted us, we can think about God moving down the road and we have to be willing to change course in order to find him. When we do, we can be assured that we will have grown much more in the process than staying put where we were spiritually.

Before I was broken down by God so that he could build me back up again, I experienced a dark part of my life. That was more due to my own lack of reliance on him than God moving further ahead of me. Now that I am fully his, I have experienced dry moments but they have never been extended.

Apprentice Activity: Getting Through The Rough Spots

–  Slowly read this quote from John Calvin :

For as the surest source of 
destruction to men is to obey themselves, so the only haven of 
safety is to have no other will, no other wisdom, than to follow 
the Lord wherever he leads. Let this, then be the first step, to 
abandon ourselves, and devote the whole energy of our minds to the 
service of God. 

Breathe the following prayer for 15 minutes: 

(As you inhale) “With God”

(As you exhale) “For Joy”

(As you inhale) “With God”

(As you inhale) “At a slow pace”

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 11 –  Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

To mention Calvin in most of my circles is to mention reformed theology and predestination. I hate it when people get miniaturized into a label because of presuppositions. I could read the above quote from Calvin everyday for the next year and still be inspired, motivated, and convicted by it. What a shame it would be for me, or anyone, to miss this great insight just because of preconceived biases.

What is Jesus teaching me? I believe that God is always working and that the Holy Spirit is ever drawing me towards Jesus. The past two weeks has included some stressful moments and I have noticed myself more willing to push past the stress to find those moments that are touched by God. My identity is not found in the uncomfortable moments but in Christ dwelling inside of me. Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective. I need to see every moment as drenched with the touch of God.

Do you get swept away in emotional moments? Do you search for God even in the tough times? Have you found him? Has he found you?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 24

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts,can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 24: Trust and Companionship: Another Lesson In Surrender

–  Followers of Jesus = odd to the world –  oddly loving, oddly peaceful, oddly joyful.

– When I can be empty of my pride and ego, then the great mystery of Christ within me can become revealed.

Boldness in the Christian life, as it is now expressed in American Christianity, usually means that you stand up for specific political causes, embrace cultural norms concerning family life that are endorsed by evangelicals leaders, and bash anyone or group that doesn’t do the same. How are these behaviors different from an Atheist who responds on the other end of the thought spectrum? At the heart of a person, I don’t see much difference from an atheist that wants to be bold about their beliefs and a large number of Christians that want to be bold about their beliefs.

A Christian should be living their life upside down in the world’s eyes. Everything that we do should appear odd to the world because we are acting out of a Kingdom reality and not a world reality. So that means that even our boldness will appear odd to others.

Apprentice Activity: Becoming Empty of Self and Full of God

–  God emptied his heart by giving up his son

–   Jesus’ disciples gave up everything to follow Jesus 

– Take a few minutes to talk with God

– Ask God about your own journey

– What do you need to put on the altar as a sacrifice

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 10 –  And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

I know that God wants me to enjoy life and wants to let me have moments of enjoying things that I am interested in. But, I don’t always let God handle my enjoyment and my interests. I live in fear that he is going to take these things away from me so I take matters in my own hands and manipulate situations instead of trusting God for even my enjoyment. I need to lay my love of sports, music, and entertainment on the altar.

What is Jesus teaching me? Jesus always appeared to bring all of his self with him wherever he went. He seemed to bring his intellect, his heart, and his soul with him in each situation. I am learning to do the same. What does this mean? It means that when I attend a meeting, I need to bring more than my brain or my ego but also my heart and my soul. It means that when someone is confiding in me I don’t let my emotions take over my ability to think and work through the problem. I am learning to be more of a whole person in every situation and not just bits and pieces of my self.

What part of your self (ego, intellect, heart, soul) do you usually carry with you? What benefit would there be if you brought your heart with you more often? Or your soul?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 23

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 23: Invitation To Join The Guild: Letting Go Of Self Sufficiency

–  Medieval apprenticeship programs – preliminary process to citizenship in the community

Apprenticeship is the end to a nominal approach to Christianity.

– Jesus’ followers were Rabbi school discards. They were the J.V. team.

– Becoming an apprentice requires us to allow him to live his life through us. That requires a personal cross.

In reading this book, Moon recommends a video by Rob Bell (yes, the same Rob Bell that has caused a whirlwind of controversy lately) called Covered In The Dust of the Rabbi. I found it on YouTube and it is great (see below). Despite what you think of his theology, Bell is a great communicator and this video makes the relationship between the disciples and Jesus come to life. Bell’s video is important to our discussion over this book because it details how Jesus’ disciples learned from him. We are called to learn in the same way – sacrificing everything to do the things that Jesus did so that when the times comes, we can put Jesus’ teaching into action on our own.

Apprentice Activity: Burn the Doubts and Then Give Up

–  Get a notepad and 15-30 minutes

–   Write down every reason you can think of for being unworthy to continue this apprenticeship program with Jesus. Tell God why you shouldn’t participate.

– After silence, ask him if he is sure you are fit for the program. Listen for a response.

– Tell God that you give up and that you want him to live his life through you.

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 9 – Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices

Here is a sampling of the items that made my list of reasons why I should be kicked out of Jesus’ apprentice program – poor reader of scripture, easily distracted, impatient, prideful, self absorbed, frequently take the easy way out, and would rather be a contrarian than a devoted follower. Then Jesus reminded me of some of the guys that he chose to follow him. I could see myself in many of the disciples’ character. They suffered from the same drawbacks as I do. Jesus didn’t kick them out of the program.

What is Jesus teaching me? Jesus is teaching me to bring him with me wherever I go. I have viewed much of my spiritual life as prep work for my real life. I think that as long as I am doing some spiritual prep work then I will be prepared for what the day has in store for me. This is not a bad strategy but it is missing a key element. Christ does not want to be with me in only the designated times but all the time. Christ is my life not just preparation for life. All of this has taken a long time to realize but I am starting to be more conscious of asking Christ to be with me in every situation.

Do you leave Jesus behind and go live your life? or Do you bring him with you and work in communion with him throughout the day?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 22

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 22: If God is So Smart, Why Am I Doing All The Talking

–  People are meant to live in an ongoing conversation with God, speaking and being spoken to.

– We best hear God through knowing him

– God’s redemptive work involves communication, communion, and union

My wife and I will occasionally have those moments when we say exactly what each other are thinking. Our inside joke when this happens is to melodramatically quote a line from the late ’70s version of Superman, “Can you read my mind?” The answer to that overly sentimental question is yes. We have a unique connection that allows us on occasion be able to think in complete synchronicity. I don’t have that connection with everyone because I don’t know them as well as my wife knows me and I know her. So, the statement in this chapter about hearing God through knowing God makes perfect sense to me. I must have a deeper understanding of God in order to be able to hear from him consistently.

Apprentice Activity: Listening To The Voice of God

–  Spend some time in silence

–   Ask God, “What do you think of me?” and then, “What would you like for us to do today?”

– If you hear a response ask two questions: Did I hear a good shepherd or a loud cattle driver? and Was the emotional impact of hearing from God one of the fruits of the spirit.”

– Read Colossians 3: 1-17 and then ponder verse 8 – But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

I did this exercise after I jogged in my neighborhood. When asking the first set of questions, I was struck by the level of green that was before me and how the green of the grass and trees went so perfectly with the blue of the sky. I thought about how God designed his creation to work just right with all of its parts. This made me think that God created me to work just right with him and his purposes and plans. And when I surrender myself, and let Christ into every part of my being then I will experience a profound connection with him.

What is Jesus teaching me? Silence and solitude teaches me all of the many ways that I seek to distance myself from God. Through silence, I am seeking out a place where there is very little between me and God. Silence is an excavation to find my heart in its truest form, not covered in distractions and falseness. Silence is the process of laying my heart at the altar of God and letting God go to work.

Are you afraid of silence? What benefits do you think would come from more silence in your life?

Apprenticeship To Jesus: Day 21

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 21: The Solace of Solitude

–  “There is a sense in which the secret to Jesus’ ministry is hidden in the lonely places where he goes to pray – often before dawn” – Henri Nouwen

– In the lonely place – Jesus finds the courage to follow God’s will and not his own; to speak God’s words and not his own; to do God’s work and not his own

– “It is in silence that I have heard most clearly God’s life-giving whispers of love and experienced most deeply a sense of identity as God’s beloved.”

One of the things that surprised me about Jesus was how often he retreated by himself to pray (Ref. Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, 6:46, Luke 5:16). If there was anyone who could get a pass on their daily quiet time it would be Jesus; but we see him, often while it is still dark, spending time in prayer. He often was so removed that his disciples had to go look for him. What a great lesson for us. Jesus’ time with his father was his power supply for his ministry. He needed time alone in prayer and listening to God in order to live out his mission to the broken and hurting of this world. Wouldn’t I benefit from a few moments alone with God. What kind of difference would that bring to my work, family, and life?

Apprentice Activity: Silent Movie and Minutes

–  Watch the documentary Into Great Silence

–   Spend time pondering 1 Kings 19: 11-12 – Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I stumbled across this documentary last January through our Netflix account and watched it through their instant access. In the documentary, all you watch are the days and nights of a Carthusian monestary in the French Alps. There is no narration and since the monks do not talk except for designated times, there is very little dialogue to follow. You are simply watching these monks as they pray, worship, and work. It is not for the faint of heart. I “watched” it during my morning workout over a weeks time. I don’t know anyone who could watch this at its two hour plus length without falling asleep. Maybe that is part of the point of the movie. It is a kind of litmus test to where our heart is. Lauren Winner shows it to one of her classes at Duke Divinity School and she states that her students get angry about the film. I guess silence isn’t always welcomed.

What is Jesus teaching me? Through this study and through watching another documentary entitled Be Still, I am learning to spend more time listening to God. So much is said about prayer, as in the request variety, but very little is said about listening for the voice of God. I am trying to be more intentional in making space to listen to God.

Do you talk at God but fail to listen to him? Would you even know how to go about listening to God?

Apprenticeship With Jesus: Day 20

For Lent, I am walking us through a book called Apprenticeship With Jesus. You can follow along by reading my highlights and reflections. Extensive previews of the book, including excerpts, can be found through Google Books and Amazon, as well as eBook purchasing options.

Day 20: Meditation and Monk Fights: Learning to Celebrate Our Differences

–  “I believe God gave us all individual differences to trick us into community life”

– Individual differences are to be viewed as occasions of celebration, not conquest

“If more people were just like me.” I am sure we have all said this many times in our lives. Thankfully, God did not make us all the same. Even though dealing with people on the other side of the personality spectrum can be beyond challenging there is alway something we can learn from the other person. My wife doesn’t particularly enjoy reading and deep reflection which are the kinds of things that I enjoy. And I do not always enjoy action and service but through our relationship we benefit the other because of our differences. I get her to think in deeper ways and she gets me off my butt and doing things that need to be done and understanding the emotional tie in to our actions.

Apprentice Activity: Celebrating Our Differences

–  Find a quiet place

–   Ask God to help you determine an important person who gets on your nerves

– List 5 things that are good about the person’s traits that differ from your own

– Compliment that person for their differences

– Ponder verse 6 of Colossians 3:1-17 – 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

I have never been very tolerant of other people’s differences, especially differences that get on my nerves. Unfortunately, I think my list of people who get on my nerves is a little too long. That is why I need this exercise. I, like many people, like to list all the ways certain people bug me but I never think about the ways that this “annoying person” might benefit me or others.

What is Jesus teaching me? I have recently been placed in an important setting where my gifts and skills are quite different from many in the room. I have had to lean on Christ to show me how to wade through these differences for the benefit of God’s work. Because these differences often come with intense emotions, I have had to learn to focus on Christ’s voice and not just my own so that I wouldn’t let emotions cloud what is the right thing to do. This is a challenge.

Do you see differences more as a roadblock or an opportunity? What can you learn from others who are unlike you?