Building Emotional Intelligence Skills
Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me (Proverbs 9:4)
Have you noticed that we live in a fast time. Our culture offers us the fast lane, an abundance of information is at our fingertips, “followers” can be bought with clever pretty posts, one click instant purchases with home delivery makes our doorstep bustle. Moving walkways and elevators transport us effortlessly, and on the horizon are self-driving cars which means we can give our brains a break from paying attention. (On a side note: did you know that because London cab drivers are required to memorize every street in London without a map it, “causes structural changes in the brain, and affects memory and creates a greater volume of nerve cells in the brain’s hippocampus.”) Which makes me think we can’t afford to rest our brains.
The above does make our life easy but don’t be fooled, expecting the instant can hinder our mental and physical growth as well as our growth in God. St. Thérèse is known for living the “little way.” She desired to attain Sainthood, but she felt that she could never be like other Saints because she was not made of greatness.
“It is impossible for me to grow up, and so I must bear with myself such as I am
with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven
by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short, and totally new.”
Thérèse didn’t allow herself to be overcome by the differences she saw in herself and what she saw in the Saints that came before her. She embraced how God made her and arranged her life so she could serve God in her perfect way.
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Even Thérèse wanted to take the quick route to our Savior, because she felt that she was not enough. Today, I think that we feel “not enough” because we are surrounded by a big society, which highlights our imperfections causing our growth to become debilitated.
“The elevator which must raise me to heaven is Your arms, O Jesus!
And for this I had no reason to grow up, but rather
I had to remain little and become the more and more.”
Thérèse rose up, as we should, to embrace her littleness; trusting God to lead her to become strong with wisdom and grace. Thinking on this further, I looked out my window and saw an orange hanging from our tree. I thought, that orange relies on so much for its growth.
The roots (which absorb food and water)
The leaves (which absorb nutrients)
The trunk (which is the foundation and strength)
The branches (which carry the food and water)
Without one of these parts the orange won’t grow big and bright with loads of yummy flavor. The same is true for our walk with Christ. We won’t grow into bright joyful believers without:
Spiritual food (Bible)
An open heart to receive the food
Belief in God and his son Jesus
And a church body in which to share life
It isn’t an instant way by any means, it takes trust and discipline to walking our “little way.” I want to encourage you to take some time to discover your little way. What is special about you which makes you unlike anyone else?
Whoever thought St. Thérèse and Dr. Seuss would end up in the same blog post! I think you get the picture, be you, embrace your littleness, and do it in a BIG BIG way.
This year I am working with clients who want to pursue their uniqueness, and grow their love for Christ! I do this by coaching on the subjects of Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution. For more information, please click here and fill out the form. Individual and Group sessions are forming.
References: Bible (esv) translation; Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Michael E. GaitleyTags: be you, Coaching, Community, deeper, higher
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