If you’re facing trouble, relationship conflicts, struggles and pain that could deepen your character, let me ask you a simple question: Are you backing down from trouble? Are you afraid to show trouble who you really are? Have you, somehow, bought into the lie that creating a beautiful life would be easy? That you would never be opposed? That conflict would never involve hard work to reach for creative solutions?
A friend of mine recently shared Hello Trouble, a great Gerber knife video with me and as you go into this weekend…
I’d like to encourage you to watch this video two or three times. Soak it in. Ask God to show you where your heart goes when trouble gets in your grill. Consider, how do you respond to trouble? Do you back down? Do you engage? Do you go passive? Or are you aggressive, but obnoxiously so, coming out swinging with a harsh defensiveness you are blind to? Or do you pray, reflect, ask Jesus for wisdom how to best respond? Jesus certainly didn’t engage with every conflict in front of him, especially when he was being baited by the religious elite.
Trouble does and will test us. When trouble knocks at your door, it takes wisdom to know when to invite it in, when to keep the door shut, and when to take it outside. Game on.
Trouble reveals the best of us and the worst of us. Whatever your response, don’t back down from trouble. Show trouble who you really are.
Question: How do you handle trouble? When is it wise to engage or disengage in a conflict? How can your troubles deepen your character and develop deeper union with God?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.
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|One of my goals is to be a life-long learner, which is why I really enjoyed this TEDx video on creativity, kids and hackschooling. As the parents of four children, Krista and I have tried hard to figure out the “secret sauce” for what makes each one of our kids tick. And without naming names, our four kids love school, hate school, like school and tolerate school.
But school does not always equal learning, creativity or education, which is why I hope you’ll be inspired by 13 year old Logan LaPlante and his creative approach to learning in this TEDx talk. If you have children, especially teenagers, this is a great video to watch as a family and discuss. If you have a creative team, build into their lives by having a conversation about the importance of lifelong learning. Click here to leave a comment now.
The vision of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is to see Christ in culture through the arts & media. Our mission is to cultivate the spiritual growth and creative work of artists.
We're based in San Clemente, CA.
We host monthly Grove Gatherings, Artist Getaways, and practice Generosity by providing scholarship and small grants to artists.
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