Just how many times have you heard, now don’t take this personally, but. . .And you are offended before the words come? It is Truth, that spoken in love, we are CALLED not to be offended as someone speaks with concern and care for us, our relationships, our growth in Christ.
This calling looks different, in that we are made to “take things personally!” The issue is that we take the wrong things personally (such as offense/pride/fear/hurt). May I ask you a question? May I challenge all of us with. . .are we taking life-giving dynamics personally or allowing the “little things” to get under or skin?
What we are created to take personally, to the point that it changes us and the relationships around us, is God’s love language to us. Look at today’s Truth from a personal perspective. God created a word, an image to capture you today. There is life-giving, life changing Truth here, right now for you. . .He is waiting for you to take it “personally.” God had YOU in mind, when he grew the acorn, or painted the boat or filled the balloon to float, lighter than air! Will you take time to find yourself here? God is waiting for you to catch the glimpse of glory of who you are in Him? Seek and ye shall find. . .
This post is dedicated to my first adult Methodist (I was raised Catholic, married Lutheran/Catholic, attended Lutheran and then Methodist for a while) Bible Study Teacher, Ken Carroll, “Disciple I.” It was the deep loss of my mother’s sudden death that lead me there in 1991. I engaged with two friends, in an older group of wiser, seasoned Christian women in a year long commitment. I went looking for answers. We read over 80 percent of the Bible, most of which I could not understand with this first in-depth immersion. We emerged, for the better, with wonderful rich questions from which to grow. And so my journey began, to let my house go just a little, and take His word to me personally.