What Box are you Living in?
Sunday, Pastor Paul Double Dared us to Get Emotionally Mature. Certainly there are a lot of factors surrounding emotional maturity, and Paul's challenge gave lots of options for us to consider. However, a lot of times there is one major hurdle when it comes to emotional maturity that people just can't seem to get over: Awareness.
Get in your time machine and go back with me to High School (unless you are already there). You may have remembered in Psychology class learning about a concept called the Johari Window. This concept basically talks about how there are different parts of "self" that correlate to different panes in the window. (See Diagram Below):
What you can see from this model is that there are parts of us that are "Open", and parts that are "hidden". No surprises there. but did you know there is stuff about you that God and others know, but that you may not know about yourself? This "Blind Spot" is often the biggest problem to spiritual maturity. It's not that we don't want to grow, it's just that we are unaware that we need to grow.
Ransom has so many tools to help you with this. Discipleship, Community Groups, Restore Ministry, or even just talking with a Pastor. We are here to do our best to help uncover those blind spots so you can be all God made you to be.
But nothing is more effective when it comes to blind spots than asking those we know and love. This can be hard and takes incredible vulnerability, but good, old fashioned accountability always does the trick. Who in your life could you give permission to be honest with you? Who cares about you enough to tell you the hard truth? If God is challenging you to get Emotionally Mature, but you don't know where to start, let me suggest allowing someone you love to hold you accountable.
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. (Ephesians 5:11-13 NLT)