Frequently I find doing what I do leads to something new. In fact, so new that I’m not sure what it means.
My car sat in the driveway while I waited for the mechanic to call, and let me know that the parts were in. I had some errands to run so I drove our Honda Pilot.
I drove to the office, met with my appointment and locked up. I kept my keys in my hand, as I always do, to have it ready to open the car door when I get to the parking lot.
I got into the Pilot and put the key into the ignition; nothing happened. In fact the steering wheel would not even budge.
Finally, I called my husband to ask his advice and he walked me through some steps that he thought would solve the problem. It didn’t.
While he was on his way to come and fix this the problem, I sat still and in my frustration said out loud, “God, will you please show me what the problem is here?”
I took the key out of the ignition and looked at it. It was the key to my car that was sitting in the driveway. Duh! So I quickly called my husband, who was almost within shouting distance away by now. He turned around and went back home.
I went ahead and made a few more stops and arrived at home to hear that my husband had called Honda to complain about this problem.
He then told me about the phone call a couple more times so I finally fessed up and told him, “It works if you use the right key.” He said, “Oh, don’t tell me that!”
I pondered the situation and am amazed that I do what I’ve always done without even thinking to check. The steps are all the same but the result is certainly different.
The next day…
I’m in the grocery store parking lot with my hands full of bags, purposefully holding the keys to the Pilot so I don’t forget. I can’t find the Pilot. I retrace my entrance to the parking lot in my mind to remember the place I parked. I finally see it and realize I was all this time looking for my car, not the Pilot.
First…it’s the wrong key in my hand for the right car.
Second…it’s the right key but the wrong car in the picture of my mind.
Both seemed like truth.
So I ask God, What are you trying to tell me? Is it…
You can’t open everything with the same key?
You can’t use the same key on everything, or don’t assume everything will be the same even if you make changes?
Everything must realign when one thing changes?
If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always had?”
Obvious or is it?
The most obvious point is to pay attention.
I consider what is going on right now and what’s getting my attention and that is the group that I taught years ago called the Live Model, it’s now called Living From the Heart.
I assumed it would be the same…wrong! It’s all-new and I am hearing like never before.
The Live Model suggests that people need five things in order to thrive (page 166):
1. A place to belong
2. Receive and give life
3. Recover from malfunctions
5. Stay true to your identity (i.e., heart)
Taken in order these elements are needed for strong and healthy human growth. We know that. However, taken in reverse order, starting with living from our true identities, these same elements form “the heart that Jesus gave us.”
So we start learning what it means to be mature and then work on the hurts and wounds of the past for wholeness and healing. I have done this through Sheep Shed for years; we build a joy-based relationship with God at the same time we work on hurts and wounds of the past. This is so you can keep the healing and it won’t transfer to something else.
Another wonderful part of this is the group setting. We can reach more people in the same time. The group is already sharing with their friends. The mentees are becoming mentors.
There is a visible turn in progress for Sheep Shed. This ministry can multiply very quickly in a group setting, even though we still offer individual appointments.
The Life Model is a profoundly Christian blueprint for wholeness for individuals, families, churches and communities.
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