We are all coming home to God and our true authentic selves. Our maturer-present-self is learning to receive the younger prodigal places returning. In this process, Jesus teaches our maturing parts to be like him—a brave older sibling—to be kind, gracious, receptive of our younger broken parts coming home. Let's follow our Eldest Brother into the homecoming celebration and become more wholehearted!
“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
Celebrate the Reunion:
Do something that makes you feel happy, joyful and youthful! Plan a special outing or event for yourself. Potentially, do something you loved to do as a child. Maybe, do something that used to be joyful for you prior to the shattering episode you’ve written about. Maybe, like me, fully engage into an activity your kids (or grandkids, nephews or nieces, etc.) love to do—or do all of the above! This can be something you do on your own or with those near and dear to you. If you are participating in a small group, come back next session and share what you experienced during your celebration.
Wholehearted University Classes (Small Groups): Throw a "Homecoming" party: laugh, eat and allow the folks in your group to share what they have learned and testify to the amazing work Jesus has done to make individuals in your group more wholehearted. As Revelation affirms, the way we humans ultimately triumph over every hindrance is “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).
Homecoming will be a powerfully healing event. Why? Hearing peoples’ personal stories and sharing our own not only bonds us with others, but also helps bind the broken places within our own heart. Sorrow, struggle and loss all tend to isolate us, but when we share our pain—and discover that others deeply identify with it—having gone through similar circumstances—we begin to understand that we are not alone in our wrestlings, that pain is universal and a shared human experience. And when one human shares their personal struggles with another, it unites them and helps reunite the broken regions within them both. Homecoming provides participants the opportunity to further heal—grow closer to those in the community this class (and you) have helped create—become more wholehearted—and enter into the life Jesus described as better than we dreamed.
After your reunion celebration, please take a moment and celebrate yourself! You made it through all the work prepared for you in The Wholehearted Journey & Wholehearted University!!!
Become a Shepherd after God's Own Heart, by coordinating a Wholehearted class with your friends, family or at your church.
You don’t have to be a teacher, therapist or church leader. And you definitely don’t need to know all the answers.
Here’s what we’re looking for from you:
- You’re on fire to help people.
- You know Jesus' 7 Skills transforms lives.
- You're ready to commit some time and make a difference.
It's that simple! If you've got those three things covered, you're exactly the right person to lead a class.