Bringing energy into a group of guys that maintain shallow relationships with one another is similar to revving up your muscle cars to impress your friends and then not going anywhere. People can see the energy, but it is wasted if it is not channeled in humility, grace and transparency.
I know that I have been in new groups and shared my weaknesses and the remainder of the group decided not to follow suit. Shallow is what one the day. A bit beaten, I pulled back my involvement from that group.
Then I have been in other settings when others were extremely vulnerable and I realized that the power in making change is being the second one in. Now men know this is just not a one off and they may have to go there.
As we were running out of time, the facilitator was trying to get us back on track with the study, but God was calling on me to share my struggle. Others started to share theirs. Quiet people in the group said now this is starting to get good. I look at the folks refuse to go there and that defensive posture actually retards the group in terms of openness and accountability.
So I was surprised that I said anything, because I had no plan to say anything. But it was clear that God wanted me to speak up at that moment and I seized upon it. The light is liberating. It frees us from repetitive nature of getting caught in the same snare over and over again. Who God has set free is free indeed.
I pray that the fifteen men that come to Men’s Bible Study grows to thirty. I was excited to help out to maintenance work at the church with a new attender at the church. He did not even know the characters in the Bible and I had a great time sharing some of the characters in the new testament that I really liked.
Church is fun, when we unshackle ourselves with the cleansing power of the light of God.