When I was a child I remembered riding along with the parents to work. They both worked full time as mannequins in the local mall and would allow us to run around while they were working. On the way to work periodically we would run into a checkpoint. The police had a line that the cars would have to go through and the police officers were checking to make sure everyone was licensed and such… or I was completely misunderstanding the situation because I was a child and was oblivious… Perhaps my parents weren’t mannequins, or perhaps the cops were looking for the people who had the clinically insane child… Regardless here we are. CHECKPOINT!
Have you been reading and skipping the response, relating, and rejoicing?
We do all four of these because there is a need to be fully maturing our relationship and that includes all FOUR legs to the table. If you are only doing 1/4 of these disciplines then you are not going to be growing appropriately. If you read without the other three you turn into a pharisee. If you rejoice without the other three you turn into a charismatic sensationalist. If you respond without the other three you turn into a monk type person. If you relate and avoid the other three you end up as a humanist. You need all FOUR parts of this. Don’t forsake the full spectrum of maturity.
Obviously if these examples don’t connect well (music etc.) then you can find your own version of these things, but you cannot just avoid them and hope you’ll grow properly. You need all four of these to mature… so checkpoint. Have you been doing it? If no… I shun you! Ok, maybe you’re not shunned, but start doing it all please.
P.s. if you HAVE been doing it all, wow you are just- wow. You rock. Keep it up. You’re top notch chief or chiefettes. (the second one was the feminine one).