While I don’t think I have been abused by religion, I am taking the time to do the exercises as outlined in the book; Recovering From Religious Abuse, 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom written by: Jack Watts. I do know I have been hurt by religion, but hurt and abuse as described and presented in the book, and I believe are two different things. I will admit, one of my greatest concerns is that I may have at times been an abuser. I don’t think I have been but this journey will hopefully help me understand where I am at, and in the process, help others as I journal each day of the steps outlined in the book.
I am a work in progress, even at the age of 51 going on 52, I recognize, I still have breath, I still have life, I am a work in progress. There are things I need to work on to become the person God wants me to be. I realize the importance of letting others know those things so they can be there to help me out when I am weak, or when I falter.
I need to be more disciplined. I know this may sound crazy to some, but I recognize the need to be even more disciplined than I am, especially in the area of identifying priorities and getting things done. I am pretty good about following structure; I need to be better at identifying the important and effective things to be done.
I need to be more aware of listening to others. Again, while I may be trained here and while I have made progress over the years, I need to ask for the heart of Christ and care about each person. Sometimes, and I think it is almost human nature; it is easy to get distracted. I don’t want to, I don’t mean to, but the ability to focus on and see and hear the heart of the person who is opening up to me is important and something I can improve on. If I care enough to listen, I can better help one understand the one who is perfect, Jesus Christ.
A third area I need to work on is in getting back to an old concept I learned some years ago, that is to delegate and in the process, give myself more respect, time, and fellowship with others through the process. I need to also share in the experience of the things I am doing, and in that experience, better share in the positive things of life.
God has been working on me for a number of years, he still has work to do and I am grateful. I pray that I will not only find contentment in the things I have done, (as there is nothing else I can do about many of those) but I can also find the excitement of looking towards the things and life God has for me in the future.
God, I know there is more I need to work on. I look forward to you doing as you will through my life today, tonight, and tomorrow.
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