Exploring and Growing Together
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Who Do You Need to Apologize to?
One of the questions at the end of Chapter 3- Confessions of a Mean Girl of Be Bold: Finding Your Fierce by Rachel Billups, caught me a little off guard: “Is there anyone in your life to whom you would like to say, ‘I am sorry?’”
As someone with a pretty high guilt complex, my brain immediately starts to conjure up all the people I’ve hurt and things I’ve done wrong throughout my entire life, and it’s only when I interrupt this cycle and take a deep breath, that I realize I always forget about one particular person I’ve hurt when I’m in the guilt spiral: me.
The truth is that I’ve gotten pretty good at apologizing to someone else when I’ve hurt them, and I work hard to try and make sure not to hurt others. This is a good thing and it’s taken a lot of self-reflection and work! But reading this chapter about how we view ourselves and others, I realize that while I’ve improved a lot on giving other people grace and apologizing when I’ve made a mistake, I haven’t done so well with giving myself the same grace.
And I certainly haven’t learned to apologize to myself.
My particular guilt spiral is born out of societal anxiety: a desire to be perfect in a world that has taught me perfection is the goal. I always feel like I have to earn everything I receive. In this chapter, however, Billups reminds us that God’s grace is not earned and that we don’t have to be perfect to receive that grace. God loves us even, and especially when we don’t love ourselves. It is through these truths that I can find the strength to not only apologize to those I hurt but also apologize to myself for tearing myself down. If you’re like me, this can be a challenge.
So, after you read this chapter, take some time to think about the people you’ve hurt, the people who’ve bullied you, and also the times when you tore yourself down. Then think of the people you’ve helped, the people who have encouraged you, and the times when you have built yourself up. Take a moment to remind yourself that God’s grace doesn’t have to be earned and that God loves you. By
SUNDAY Morning X-Group
Next meeting: TBD
Location: Will announce soon!
Contact: Carol Draggoo
Jesus Welcomes All
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
How did the message of Jesus get so messed up? How did Jesus’ beautiful message of unconditional love, grace and mercy get so misconstrued, complicated and exclusionary?
The focus of this group will be to learn what Jesus has to say about how we should live…why He came…and what He offers to each of us. This group will explore His life and teachings with the hope that what we learn we can practically apply in our lives.
This group will welcome and respect all people. We will understand that we may not believe and think the same way, however, we will not allow that to divide us. Instead, we will choose to celebrate the diversity of humankind, knowing that we are all God’s beautiful handiwork just as we are. We will check our pretense of perfection at the door and participate honestly and authentically.
Please come learn of Jesus with us and join in the discussion. Dress comfortably and casually and feel free to bring your favorite morning beverage. We will start gathering around 9:30 am and plan on getting started at 10 am.
We do not have any denominational affiliation. We simply believe that Jesus loves and welcomes All.