This week’s tier rewards include Life Questions on anger styles, most-influential people in your life, and a “Behind the Scenes (into the dark recesses)” spotlight that focuses on why some unhealthy people may be attracted to us.
One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind (Romans 14:5)
Life Questions …
React to the following statement … “I have strong convictions about many things—and I could be missing something”
Why is it sometimes healthy in a relationship to say “Let me help you do what works for you”? Under what circumstances would you need to draw a line with that?
High Internalization Potential (HIP) Answer …
If something is true, it’s not afraid to be questioned. If I say to myself “I could be missing something,” then I create a space in my mind to engage someone else’s perspective. When I do that, one of three things could happen: 1. My conviction will strengthen; 2. I’ll modify my position; 3. I’ll change my mind. In any case, I’m better off in that I’m coming into closer alignment with what is true.
This week’s tier rewards include Life Questions on delayed justice, how our parents shape our view of God, and a “Behind the Scenes (Subconsciously)” spotlight focusing on the relationship between kindness and truth.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6)
Life Questions …
In regard to an ongoing challenge, (mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, financial) … What would healing look like to you?
What would you lose if you were healed?
Would the trade-off be worth it?
High Internalization Potential (HIP) response …
In the John 5 story above, the man doesn’t answer Jesus’ question, but gives a mythological response as to why he hasn’t experienced healing.
The thing he’s been trying for decades isn’t working, (so, in his mind) – healing must not be possible.
Sometimes people can become so wrapped up in their long-term suffering that it becomes a part of their identity—and that’s not something they want to lose. So, as counterintuitive as it may seem, some people say “no” to healing.
This week’s tier rewards include Life Questions on I Corinthians 3:12-14 (on the final judgment of Christians), Proverbs 2, and a “Behind the Scenes (Subconsciously)” episode that talks about how a person might wrestle with these particular life questions
One of the multitude said to [Jesus], “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” He said to them, “Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.” (Luke 12:13-15)
Life Questions …
Are you allowing your actions or decisions to be shaped by a threatened loss?
How would experiencing that loss be better than being held hostage?
High Internalization Potential (HIP) Response …
Hearing a lot lately about parents [or grandparents] threatening to withhold an inheritance from their adult children in order to insure their loyalty. This is so damaging. If you’re tempted to do this with your own kids—don’t.
If it’s being done to you, plan your life around never seeing that money. You probably won’t anyway. It’s better to keep your integrity than to sell out to anyone who would exploit your vulnerability.