Last evening my wife, Judy, and I were invited, by one of the exceptional emerging young leaders I mentor, to be part of a study group to explore what the Bible says about living our lives more honestly today, and for the rest of our lives. Frankly, it was one of the finest expressions of theological exploration based on Holy Scripture that I've experienced in a long time.
The two hours flew by. We hope to participate as often as our schedules will allow. Later today I will be, with quiet hope, rearranging our future Monday evenings.
This is my personal opinion, and not, in any way a political statement, but it has been personally discouraging to see how things sacred have been twisted and skewed here in the US of A not just in recent years, but especially in recent months. At the core of LDG's "Whole-person Mentoring Model" are continual questions, quietly assumed all the time, more openly dialogued other times as needed:
At the core of you, what do you sincerely, honestly believe to be true about how you are living your life?
Who are you as you live out your own uniqueness in every one of the eight dimensions of your life?
Where do your personally held beliefs come from?
Who are the five people who have influenced you the most in your life?
What are the titles of the ten books that have had the deepest influence on your life to date?
What films have impacted how you think about how you are living your life?
As you look back over your whole life, decade by decade, what are the 7-10 most influential happenings in your life to date?
As you look back over your whole life, decade by decade, what are the 7-10 most influential happenings in your life to date on whatever you may say are the downsides of your life?
Who are you today?
Who do you long to be in a year?
What lengths are you willing to go, to experience, to live into, to be the you you were created to be?
Where do you need to more fully forgive others...and yourself?
What encouragement, sincerely, are you longing for as you grow forward in your life?
These questions could go on, and on, and on, and on...but they all come back to
"Who are you at the core of your very existence at this moment in time?"
"What do you believe to be true about why you are alive at this very moment in time?
"What steps are you willing to take to live even more fully as a whole person from the core of who you are?"
"Where do you need to be courageous and willing enough to see, and live with the Light that transforms?
This is why Leadership Design Group exists.