Sunday, August 16, 2009

Greg, er, Craig, uh Greg uh??

See full size imageWhat fun today in church. We were talking about how we make decisions and I called up the three people from the congregation to chairs up front to interview while I gave a brief introduction. When I started to interview them, I noticed that Craig was sitting on the stool. Greg, whom I had asked this week to do the interview, had been sitting with Craig during worship and had told Craig to go up. Ok! Except that all through the service, Greg kept coming up to answer the questions also.

How do we make good choices and follow God? Well, that is how a lot of the time. We think we know what we are doing, but we turn around and everything is different that the plan. It was fun to watch Greg up and down, interested in the questions. It was even more fun knowing that I had planned on asking four people, two men and two women with differing decision styles, but decided on three for time sake. Chance called out the four. God is in the unexpected changes.

Ignatian Process of Discernment

1. Stop
2. Become Free to Make Decisions
3. Surface Ideas (using careful thought, but also imagination).
4. Gather Relevant Data
5. Evaluate Options
6. Test on Congruence with Fruits of the Spirit

(fruits of the spirit from Galatians 5:16-26 look at love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).

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