Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lesson Learned

Several years ago in a study of Philippians I was given a very practical application from a friend. When trouble comes our way or when we face a dilemma Paul gives us something very practical to do. Take a sheet of paper and write at the top the name of the problem, the person with whom you have conflict or the situation you may face...After the naming of the issue or person read Philippians 4:8. On the left side of the page write down the words TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, LOVELY, ADMIRABLE, EXCELLENT, PRAISEWORTHY...leaving some blank space under each word.
After the NAMING and the LISTING go back and write something TRUE about the issue or person or this with each of the words Paul uses...When you are done you have completed a positive and biblically based exercise regarding the "thorn" you face...
Then, pray (Philippians 4:6)...
There is Spirit filled wisdom in Paul's words. When he writes them he is in prison and his friends at Philippi share in his struggle(1:30). Paul's' Spirit filled words are practical and helpful...they might even relieve some anxiety about whatever we may face...Foree

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

I used a similar process during a particularly frustrating experience with a fellow teacher/friend/sister in the Lord. Her passive/aggressive nature had effectively stopped me from doing my job. I was frustrated and angry. I spent some time in prayer and then wrote down all the ways I was frustrated. I then wrote down all of the things I couldn't change and all of the things I could. I then wrote down all of the things about her that I liked and admired. After spending time dumping it all on paper - I prayed. It helped. It brought peace and a sense that God was in control even though I felt like things were spinning out of control.
I appreciate your words of wisdom at this time... it was a blessing.
Thank you.