Spiritual Director’s Message for July 2010July 2, 2010
THE MESSAGES WE SEND
We communicate to others, not just through our words, but also our facial expressions. And even the way we dress.
So it’s important to think of the way we talk and the way we carry ourselves. We should slso consider whether we’re making the most of every opportunity to encouage those around us. we can be tremendous instruments of God’s blessing to othersif we closely monitor what we communicate.
Our sense of personal wholeness is greatly affected by how we interpret what others communicate to us.
Our emotional make up includes three basic needs
- BELONGING Romans 8:16
- WORTHINESS Romans 5:8
- COMPETENCY Ephesians 3:20
Each need gives birth to three essential emotions
- THROUGH BELONGING TO GOD we feel acceptance
- THROUGH CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS we feel love
- THROUGH THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT we feel secure.
To God there is no such thing as unimportant, unloveable person. That’s why destructive words are never appropriate. They only lead to feelings of rejection or unworthiness.
Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, people can find freedom from the negative messages they’ve endured.
OUR SENSE OF WHOLENESS as a person begins in early childhood, so remember several things when communicating with children:
- Parents’ words and actions impact a child’s mind for life, so it’s important to think before speaking.
- Simply being the parent empowers the message.
- Remember and communicare that your child is a gift of God
ALL HUMAN BEINGS LONG TO FEEL ACCEPTED, worthwhile and accepted. Through a relationship with Jesus Christ, people can understand that they are worthy of love, competent through the Holy Spirit, and secure in their relationship with God.
IS THIS WHAT YOU’RE giving to those around you in your words and actions? BE MINDFUL that your words and actions, especially facial expressions, can build people up or tear them down. Each person we meet is someone that the Father loves, whatever you say and do should communicate the truth.
Bishop Jim Sunderland
Keystone Emmaus Community
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