Good Monday Morning!
Just about a month ago you were THRIVING in Providence, RI.
You have not given up, you are moving ahead, gaining momentum and continuing on in your desire to THRIVE and please God!
Excited to CHECK IN with you heading into week 5:
- How is God helping you to Thrive so far?
- How are you reinventing yourself or how will you do so?
- What have you done to set your mind? How has that helped you Thrive?
- How is your Thrive Partner doing? How have you added value to that relationship?
Week five: THRIVING on the TRUTH or NOSE-DIVING on the tRUTH
In our quest to THRIVE, we have to watch out for the potholes and landmines of interpretations – making up stories based on limited information.
“If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes our assumptions and preconceived notions are wrong, and therefore, our interpretation of events is incorrect. This causes us to overreact, to take things personally, or to judge people unfairly.”
~ Elizabeth Thornton
In order to not overreact or take things personally or judge (all of which will snuff out our Thrive) we need to make sure we are holding onto the TRUTH and not the tRUTH.
- T – (Upper Case T) The Bible. What God says. Proven Laws of Science.
- t – (lower case t) Things that are true to us & to our interpretations; usually based on limited information or something we learned early in life and did not question.
How powerful can interpretations be? Let’s look at Elijah…
Elijah aligned & THRIVING with the TRUTH:
1 Kings 18:27, 40
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valleyand slaughtered there.
Elijah not aligned with the TRUTH, rather NOSE-DIVING on the tRUTH:
1 Kings 19:3
3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
The way that we interpret situations has a massive effect on our THRIVE.
We get to see Elijah at his best against the prophets of Baal: lighthearted, confident, powerful, commanding, faithful, persistent, miraculous, etc. when he is aligned with the TRUTH.
However, after his interpretation of Jezebel’s letter and the situation in where he thought he was the only one left, he surrenders, gives up, is weak, fearful, accused, burnt out and weary.
The good news is that God connects with him, gives him some food and some rest, and asks him the same question twice (hears him out) and then dispels Elijah’s interpretation (t) and fills him in on the actual facts – (T).
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
What BIG ‘ T ’ needs to prevail over the little ‘ t ’ currently for you?
Suggestion: Be open and honest about what you REALLY feel and REALLY think! Elijah’s openness and honesty was the key to him being led to the TRUTH.
Application / Practical’s:
- A time I thought I was completely right about something but ended up being wrong was when _____________.
- The result of that was _____________.
- A way that I could have avoided that or double-checked my perception or thoughts would have been to __________.
- A story that I make up in my head about myself that is not serving me or God is that I ___________________.
Next time I get tempted to interpret a situation, I will ______________.