Some years ago I met with a young man who wanted to participate in the Journey Discipleship Course. This earnest seeker asked me to provide written confirmation he would be 100 percent struggle-free after completing the program. My initial response was to laugh, as I thought he was poking fun at me; however, he was very serious. He decided that without a money-back guarantee, he could not participate.
When an individual embarks on the discipleship course Journey offers, we hope they are accepting the invitation to follow wherever God may be leading them. There is teaching and guidance on a range of issues designed to assist participants as they identify issues that bring them pain or confusion. As facilitators we offer what we have - but the choice to walk this path is one that each participant must make on their own. We do not force a direction or insist on a particular solution to an individual's struggle; we are simply fellow travellers, listening to His voice together and looking to Him for direction and wisdom.
In truth, we are all called on to be active participants in our journey with God. I have often wondered what happened to the young man I met with so many years ago. He seemed to be longing for the healing he believed God could give him, but reluctant to walk with God on a lifelong path of process. If I had the opportunity today, I would welcome him and tell him that in the company of wounded others he would not walk alone - that if he committed and engaged in the journey of discipleship he would receive more from his heavenly Father than he ever imagined he would.
But the choice to walk really could only be made by him.
For much of my life I focused on doing the right things and doing them well; on the outside I looked like I had it all together, but inside I was insecure, I didn’t like myself, and didn’t feel like I belonged. Although I had been a follower of Jesus for many years, when I came to Journey I was weary and on the verge of exploding from years of hiding and stuffing my feelings down.
What I found at Journey was a safe and invitational environment that challenged me to recognize and acknowledge that I wasn’t ok, and explore my struggles. [Read more...]
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