Fall Lessons 2017
As many of you are heading into the Winter season, in West Africa, we are starting our Dry season. No matter where you live or what season you are in, it is always good to take time to look back once in a while to see what you learning. So today I am taking a moment or two to reflect on what I have been learning the past few months. I wanted to say what I have learned but since many of the lessons are still in progress, the proper verb tense would be present progressive. I am a work in progress.
1. The Benefits of Wearing an Apron
2. The Difference Between Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus
3. What I Want For Christmas…
4. More About Dr. Martin Luther King’s Philosophy of Nonviolent Resistance
5. I Have a Lust for Affirmation
In her book, Confessions of a Transformed Heart, Nancy Sheppard wrote about her life in Liberia and Sierra Leone working with Liberians. In each term of service, God had a specific lesson for her. In one season, God challenged her to deal with her lust of affirmation. She would find herself asking questions that sought affirmation and was convicted about how she needed to stop doing that. It was hard to stop asking those questions. Often she would start and have to rephrase what she wanted to say.
As I read her words, I knew that it was a word for me. In my insecurity, I want others to affirm me. I want to ask what they think of what I did or to show off something that I made. I lust for affirmation. Lust for affirmation focuses on me. I don’t want that. So I am working on stopping the affirmation questions. Ask me in a month, how I am doing.
What have you learned this month? Have you learned a fun fact? A new skill? Been challenged or convicted about something? I would love to hear about it in the comments. Also be sure to head over to Emily Freeman’s linkup of what others have learned this fall. The lists range from fun to serious, from silly to thought provoking.