Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Pathway 6

We’re entering the home stretch of our journey of discovering emotionally healthy spirituality. This week we learned from Jesus as he talked with a lawyer about who should be considered a “neighbour” as we love God and our neighbours. (Luke 10.25-37)

To be able to have an extended definition of “neighbour” is a sign of “Growing into an Emotionally Mature Adult” (the sixth pathway).

Here are a couple more modern day examples to inspire you: one from Brian and one from Sarah.

And here’s  something to work through as a family.

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When you’re feeling down from being judged

Whether the accusations are true or not, knowing how to handle someone else’s judgement of your character and lifestyle choices in a healthy manner is a pretty big challenge. Here are a number of resources- more than usual- to help you as you seek to honour God in your attitude and dealings.

A great story about our tendency to judge and what God might have in mind comes from Carlos Whitaker: “Strangers, Sweaty Palms, and Selfish Sinners [the story of holding that strange man’s hand.”

Moms, take a moment to read another mother’s reflection on choosing not to judge, but to honour others in “When You Feel Judged.”

One way to deal with judgement is to stop caring so much. Consider joining Mary DeMuth in turning your reputation over to Jesus.

What do you do when you’ve been criticized? Mark offers 12 biblical responses.

Or how about taking a completely different approach to relationships? Instead of judging, look for these ways to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

This post is addresses the topic of judging others.

Workplace Relationships

Today, we’re considering workplace relationships from three different angles.

We’ve all done it- screwed up at work. Consider these three simple steps on “How to Handle Workplace Mistakes” with coworkers.

Are you somebody who treats others with respect and dignity? Read “How Does Your Workplace Showcase Human Dignity?” for both a challenge and inspiration to love your coworkers, no matter their status in the office hierarchy.

Considering sharing your faith with your coworkers? You may benefit from the following video:

 

This post is for adults and provides resources, ideas and examples of relationships with coworkers at their workplace.

I’m an Introvert, how ’bout you?

AlonePart of the beauty of being a people made in the image of a diverse God is that we’re different from one another. Part of the challenge of being diverse is that we don’t always understand each other.

This difference in the Christian life is especially true for introversion and extroversion. We can tend to believe that faith should be expressed in particular ways with particular practices. We confuse being friendly with being talkative during the Church coffee hour, and alone time with “me” time.

The links today all have to do with learning more about introverts. (Extroverts tend to do a good job about letting the world know what they need…)

Laura Marcus shares the scariness of the church hall for an introvert and offers some ideas on how to grow.

Marc Cortez encourages other introverts to consider the ways they are making an impact on God’s kingdom through their service to others. Just because you aren’t the evangeliser, being the one who equips is just as important.

For those who wouldn’t call themselves an introvert, here’s some ideas on how to interact, in order to show love and respect,to the ‘other kind.’

Here’s a book review of Introverts in the Church: Finding our Place in an Extroverted Culture.

And just in case you’re an introvert who’s feeling a little down, check this out.

This post shares resources, ideas and inspiration for communication, relationship building and service, and deals directly with introversion.

Photo by Lee Haywood. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.