Shepherd’s Care: The Power of Clear Vision (3)

Jesus’ call for us to have “eyes to see,” includes the need to recognize that there are things others see in us that we do not see in ourselves.

This can sometimes come in the form of a compliment.  A person may come up to us and thank us for something we didn’t even realize we had  said or done.  Some of these things may become points the Spirit plants in us to help us discern future dimensions of our life and ministry.

At other times, the observation can come in the form of a criticism.  It may be a word of warning or a word that shows us how we hurt somebody.  This kind of observation “stings” us, but we should not adopt either an immediately defensive posture, or blow it off as the ranting of someone who doesn’t really know or appreciate us.  In every critique we should ask, “Lord, is there some kernel of truth you want me to take from this criticism?”

The point is, God uses the insights and comments of others to both guide us and to convict us.  In both ways, our spiritual formation moves ahead in a positive way.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Shepherd’s Care: The Power of Clear Vision (3)

  1. Sue Brady says:

    Good one Steve, food for thought for sure!

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