August 24, 2004

Just finished reading How People Grow by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. This book presents a great picture of what growth as a Jesus follower looks like. These guys truly understand, better than me at least, that following Jesus means that we come to a point of wholeness in our lives. Jesus just doesn’t desire for us to grow spiritually (as if that can be it’s own category), but we will grow in all area of our lives because transforming us into who truly shaped us to be is what Jesus does best. I’ve felt it before, but more than ever, I think that counseling is something worthwhile for everyone…not just those with problems.

Perhaps most interesting were the many examples they used of group sessions they’ve been in. So many times, these examples showed a picture of what an authentic vulnerable community could look like. If the small group ‘programs’ of churches could somehow look like this, then we would begin to realize the wholeness that God has in store for all of us.

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