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by: Staci Stallings
One of the things I’ve learned about Holy Spirit friends… they actively want you to be who you are!
They are not threatened by your best. They actively call that out of you. They love hearing about the real you. They don’t judge, criticize, or otherwise put you down.
When you talk about who you really are, they listen, and they encourage more of that.
To understand maybe a little deeper what I mean, here is a Youtube video. Skip forward to Minute 15 (Yes, you can watch all of it if you like, and if you’re an educator, please do. But the relevant-to-this-discussion part starts at 15:00.)
Now this part of the video tells the story of a young girl who was having a lot of trouble in school. The doctor she was taken to in order to “fix her” was very wise, and he realized that she was not a problem child. She did not have a learning disability.
He said very simply, “She’s a dancer.”
That’s what a true Holy Spirit friend will do for you (and what you can do for others)–recognize their talents, call them forth, and praise them.
I think for parents this is an especially important insight to develop. What are your children going to be? Watch carefully what they like. Encourage those things that are productive.
For example, as I write this, my 11-year-old son is in the living room singing “Let it Go” in 25 different languages–24 of which he doesn’t know.
Last night my oldest gave an important capstone speech at her school about one of the deep loves of her life–sign language.
My middle child is now practicing discuss because she loves that event in track. I have also heard her play the piano for hours learning a piece that she’s teaching herself to play.
What are you going to be? What are we all going to be? I don’t know, but I think one of the hallmarks of Holy Spirit people is learning to recognize, inspire, and encourage each other to be and become what God put inside of us to do.
by: Staci Stallings If you have ever flown in a commercial plane, you know this (if you paid attention!). In the unlikely event that the cabin loses pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. Simply grasp the plastic mask (which I’m thinking might be more of a challenge than they make it…
by: Staci Stallings The more I think about this concept, the more the pieces all fit. We have talked about Relationship with God vs. Rules. Now in the world, rules are useful because not everyone has a relationship with God. If we all did, I assume that would be (will be) what Heaven…
by: Staci Stallings Sorry about the interruption. Life took over for awhile there! Back to our discussion… I want to introduce now, or reintroduce for some of you, a concept that my understanding of God and His Plan keeps going back to. It is so foundational, so fundamental, that I can never stray…
by: Staci Stallings I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite sayings and mantras with you. These are things, for whatever reason, that I’ve picked up along the way. Some of them are simply guiding principles that help when things go wrong. Mostly they are touchstones I go back…
by: Staci Stallings One of the hardest book sections I’ve ever written was one in which there was a tragic death which deeply affected the hero. His girlfriend’s world is rocked when this happens as well, but he’s not got a huge direct and personal support base. She’s literally left to pick up…