Drew Powell

Tension is an opportunity for growth
September 24, 2008, 4:13 pm
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Robbie challenged us in staff meeting this morning with the concept that tension is an opportunity for growth. How we choose to deal with the tension in our lives is what shapes us into who we are. Everyday there are things that I face in which I have the choice. A choice between a decline in my attitude and perspective or a chance to learn, grow, and lead. Too often I’ve chose the frustration route.

I interact with a lot of people. Often I’m confronted with tension. I’m also an emotional person. If I’m not careful my initial response to tension is to react with an unhealthy emotional response. Something like frustration, anger, bitterness, etc. When I react that way I take myself out of leadership and take the risk of losing influence.

A healthy response is the road of self-denial. My goal is to embrace the tension in my life and view it as an invitation to grow and lead at a greater level. Here’s the best part, I don’t have to lean on my own strength.

Here’s what Galations 5:22-23 says about it, “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.”

All I have to do is surrender to Christ and allow Him to help produce the right response.

What areas of tension in your life can you identify as a growth opportunity?


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