Monday, October 27, 2008

Been There, Done That

Learning from our past experiences will be a great help to us as we move forward. We would be foolish to think that dance ministry does not come with its pitfalls. It would be tragic for us to encounter a challenge designed to immobilize us and not learn the intended lesson. If we take conflict personally, we will miss the key points of it all: wisdom, love, and humility.

No matter how much we claim to be humble, we will experience feelings of hurt and internalize disagreements when we look at it from a fleshly standpoint. Not everyone is out to attack us. We will not be favored by some of those we co-labor with in movement ministry. Agreements may not always be reached without bruised egos. This is good for us. We will continue to allow ourselves to be chastened by the Lord when we learn from what we've already experienced.

Usually the same challenges arise time and again. When we do not learn how to respond, react, and relate, then we may find ourselves in an endless cycle of similar scenarios. Always have a conflict with leadership? Seem to keep committing ourselves to projects that overwhelm us? Need to purchase new garments because the appetite is not yet under control? Regularly discovering an empty bank account before the next pay period arrives? All of these things directly affect our ministries. When we have "been there, done that," we should arrive with solutions that bring healing, wholeness, and progress so that we do not end up stalling or falling.

Psalm 33:4 (NKJV)
For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.

Psalm 119:71 (NKJV)
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.

Hebrews 10:35-37 (NKJV)
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

James 3:13 (NKJV)
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

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