I love the picture of geese working together as they fly. They take turns leading, breaking the wind, so no one goose gets overly tired. Those in the back honk their support as the leader plows ahead. (Read article if you wish.)
You Are Called
You have a destiny in sonship to affect the world with God’s love. You have unique giftings, talents, and experiences that equip you to do what no one else can. It may be a support role or a lead role. It may be working with the elderly, young people, or those in other nations. It may be in writing, speaking, praying, and meeting practical needs.
Regardless of the form it takes, it always involves being like those geese. It always involves working with other people to make the world a better place, to make God’s love and salvation known.
There is a problem however. Working with people sometimes involves pain. Many of us have been wounded in community. This happens in our families of origin, school settings, churches, and businesses. And if we don’t deal with these wounds we often develop a “don’t trust” attitude.
Don’t Trust, Don’t Talk, Don’t Feel
I saw a story of a girl who would never let others into her heart. She always keep her defenses up, never embraced teamwork, and lived as a loner. Even a guy who liked her and was kind and emotionally healthy, she pushed away. She may have not admitted it to herself, but she was rejecting him before he could reject her.
With a trust deficit everyone is seen as a potential threat. You have an “us vs. them” mentality. Rejection hurts so much you go through your whole life trying to protect yourself from it by putting walls of judgment up toward others.
God designed us to need each other, to function in community. We need each other’s emotional support, love, encouragement, and prayers.
If you recognize yourself as having difficulty functioning in community, that is a huge first step. A problem that has been identified is a problem that can be solved. Be encouraged!
If this is an area in which you struggle, we can help.
In my book, The Sonship Empowered Life, I cover these things in detail.
You learn the steps to security in our heavenly Father’s love so you can hold your heart open to other people.
You learn how to live from that love in every area of your life.
And you learn how this foundation empowers community and destiny.
Geese have it right. God’s plan is for us to live in community, working with others to demonstrate His love to the world. Can I get a “honk,” amen?