A Special Phone Tree Discussion Series Dedicated to Building Community
Lean On Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community (A Quote from the Book): “When we make a commitment to healthy relationships, we’re not only causing change within ourselves, we’re turning over control to others…When we commit to pursuing the desires God has for us relationally, we aren’t losing control. We’re making the choice to give it away in surrender.”
Table Talk: This week, I felt that it was important to highlight and emphasize three words that Anne Marie Miller spent time touching on in her writing. Those words were surrender, control, and vulnerability.
I believe that there is a give and take component to each one, especially when considering things of a spiritual nature.
None of these are easy. They all bring to mind the notion of trust. Trust, in and of itself, requires reliance on another. That is a foundational principle for any thriving community.
“Life-giving relationships require commitment and vulnerability from each person in the relationship.” – Anne Marie Miller
Table Talk Discussion Question: How does the Bible present the love-based action of trust, and how do you relate that to surrender, control, and vulnerability?
Prayer: LORD, when You call us to surrender, You challenge us to grow beyond ourselves. Sometimes, it’s uncomfortable. Sometimes, it’s hard. Sometimes, it makes us feel like we are at a loss or out of balance because the control we thought we had is no longer ours. We become vulnerable and fearful in a totally different way. Free us from the fear. Teach us to trust You more. Help us to thrive individually and relationally. In the name of the Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
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