I get a lot of questions.
Some are rooted in laziness. “I just had a dream about an aunt who had transcendental meditation tattooed on her forehead. I am sure that is why I am having trouble getting a date. There is a label on my Seat of Dominion. Can you teach me all about transcendental meditation so I can get free?”
“Am I your own personal Google?”
Some are rooted in procrastination. “I am going on a missions trip to Tierra del Fuego. My team and I have been praying into this for six months and we are bursting with excitement. I need to know the redemptive gift of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego and the community of Ushuaia. And do you know anything about the leylines and portals there? I really, really need the information tonight because we are leaving for the airport at 5:00 a.m.”
“Then I predict you are going to be severely disappointed!”
Some are so deeply vested in entitlement it is hard to believe. “Arthur, I just saw your album on curses at my bridge partner’s home. I am ‘way too busy to listen to all that stuff, but I need those curses off my life TODAY. Call me between 5:00 and 6:00 to pray those off me. Please be on time. I leave for the gym at 6:00 sharp.”
“You have bigger issues than curses, Ma’am!”
In the midst of e-mails like that — and all of those are almost word for word from real e-mails (although my responses were fraudulently a bit kinder that what I was actually thinking) — I occasionally get an e-mail from a son.
They are so refreshing — makes my soul sing.
Our ubiquitous Sally from East Overshoe, Iowa was having a spectacular sonship day. She sent me an e-mail to die for. Here is the beginning of our thread.
I just finished listening to AHS Part 2 and heard something. You talked about a growth project. How do you do a growth project?
I did see one note in your blog where you posted about what would happen if we took 90 days and devoted it to receiving everything G-d has. Would that be considered a growth project??
Do you have any info anywhere on that?
I was going to produce an album on the subject last year, but it got hijacked by other projects, so I don’t have anything in a transferable form.
The first step is to have a clearly identified objective. Often we start with one of the fruit of the Spirit or a character issue, or getting to know one member of the Trinity better. A growth project is different from healing. It is going from good to great in a given area.
So do you have a clear focus on where you would like to see some transformation?
Thank you for responding.
Yes! Faithfulness is what’s been in my heart most, especially at the turn of the year.
Next step is to figure out how long a project you want this to be. Three months intensive, or marinate yourself in the subject for two years, or something in between? There is no right answer, just a pragmatic decision as to how much time and effort to invest in one growth area.
I think somewhere in between. Three months intensive, slow down and soak 3-6 months. Then three months intensive again and soak again. I do the same with other things… seems to work well.
So, ball park a year.
Tell me what Bible study tools work the best for you. This is not about how good you are and how many things you can do. What WORKS THE BEST for you? Of the 50 tools out there, each person has three or four that “sing” for them when they lean into them.
And second, will anyone else be involved? Do you have a prayer partner or two, someone who will hold you accountable for metrics, perhaps, or a person you can brainstorm half baked potatoes with? Or are you walking a lonely journey right now?
Again, this is not a right/wrong test. I simply need to know what cards you have in your hands so we can craft an appropriate strategy. A reality moment, that’s all. If it is just you, so be it. We will work with that.
Glad it’s not about being good because I’m not a great studier, not really sure how.
– I’m into words and a Hebrew junkie for anything OT. I bounce between the closest Bible, Hebrew interlinear, Strong’s, Internet – Blue Letter Bible for some commentary. Should I add something? I’ll get more cards if I need them!
– I do have a solid metrics keeper and sounding board/potato baker.
Sally, you could rock this assignment.
I am up to my eyebrows in a last minute assignment. Will respond tomorrow.
Meanwhile can you flesh out a little bit more what you mean by the word faithful and how you want to be different in a year?
To be continued
Copyright January 2014 by Arthur Burk
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