I want to challenge you a question, who are you allowing to speak into your life? What has me thinking about this today is on Wednesdays, one of the things that I do is I disciple a group of gap year students. These are young people between the ages of 18 and 21 or 22 who maybe feel like they have a call to the ministry or they’re not sure what they are wanting to do with their lives. And so instead of going straight off to college or straight off to a job, they can take up to three years, spend time with God, be discipled and be equipped with some skillsets, and then head out into the world with that foundation laid.
So, today was my last session with this group of students for this semester. And so one of the things they asked me to do was to speak into their lives. And so what I did is I just went around the room and based on my observations, based on my interactions, I spoke some truth into each of their lives. And I challenged each one of them in areas where I felt like the Lord was beginning to pull them out, but maybe they were a little intimidated or lacked confidence in those areas. And so it was a chance for me to build them up and to encourage them. Now, this principle isn’t just for young people. It’s not just for ministry students. It’s not just for people in the church. Even as adults we need to find people who can speak truth into our lives. I’m at the age now where I do most of the pouring out into others, but I’ve learned that I can’t make that the only thing that happens into my life.
I’ve got to have people who can speak into my life as well. And so I strategically will place people in my life and give them permission to talk into my life at strategic times. Often I will ask questions that invite them to really say what needs to be said. Fact, one of the things we learn in Proverbs is King Solomon acknowledged that the wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. Sometimes the reason we don’t seek input into our life is, we’re a little bit afraid of what somebody might have to say to us. But the reality is if we will accept those things in the spirit that they’re given, often some of our greatest growth comes from those conversations. So I want to encourage you. Find somebody who can speak into your life, if you don’t have somebody, we have a private group. You can find that at BiblicalGrowthStrategies.com, and once you access the private group, that’s a place to have some conversations. To get some feedback. To get some input. But find somebody who can speak into your life who can bring some truth to your circumstances, who can look objectively and help you see things that maybe you’re not seeing. Anyway, I hope your May is off to a great start, and I’ll talk to you again soon.