Allowing ourselves to be changed.
Yesterday one of my Carey lecturers said these words. They summed up what I had been reflecting on over the last week.
We have a responsibility to keep on walking with God. There is a place for personal spiritual disciplines. Reading the Bible regularly, (2 Timothy 3:16-17) praying (Philippians 4:6), worshipping (Ephesians 5:19), and other practises that are meaningful to you in growing you closer to Jesus.
We have a responsibility towards each other. Hebrews 10:25 says, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We are not meant to do this Christian journey alone, and we need each other for encouragement and correction.
We have a responsibility to remain teachable. To hold our own views lightly. To be prepared to see something through a different lens. To understand how our own life experiences and woundings colour our version of reality.
All of these things require intentional time. I have discovered in my fairly busy lifestyle there is always time to do what is most important to me. When I don’t have time to do one of the above things, the truth deep down for me is that I don’t really believe it is important enough to make time for.
I am training to be a Baptist minister at the moment, on the job and through Carey Baptist College. At Carey we are challenged to let our fellow trainees as well as our lecturers shape our leadership formation and to intentionally shape the leadership formation of others. This means making space to get to know people and making space to be available to others, for them and for ourselves.
I challenge you this week, what are you making intentional time for?