A few days ago I wrote a post about highlights from this year’s re:create conference. Along with these highlights, I wanted to share some specific learnings from the conference. I came away with several points I feel I can apply to my own personal situations.
From Melissa Greene‘s Talk
- She shared the quote from Mother Theresa: “In the absence of clarity I found trust.” I was reminded of several situations I’ve faced (or am facing) in which I do not currently have clarity, and I may never have it completely. I’m beginning to realize that trust can be (or maybe is meant to be) a substitute for clarity when it is simply not possible for a specific time or in a specific situation.
From Randy Elrod‘s Talk
- Randy shared this quote: ”God sees our wounds, and sees them not as scars but as honors. . . .
For God holds sin as a sorrow and pain to us. He does not blame us for them.” (Julian of Norwich ~ Revelations of Divine Love, Chapter 39, Showing 13) As I considered this, I realized that for so long, I thought (quite subconsciously) that God blamed me for the hurts I’ve encountered – especially those so deep that they have shaped much of who I’ve been for most of my life. I’ve believed that he’s been mad at me and held so many things against me, some of which were not done BY me as much as done TO me. I’m recognizing the lies and replacing them with truth. Such freedom!
- He shared a story about how Reverend E.V. Hill described a big difference between he and his wife. The Reverend would meet new people and set his expectations about them at 0. If there was a positive interaction, he’d raise it to 5. He’d repeat this each time, and be happen when they hit 50. On the other hand, his wife would set her expectations at 100. Every time there was a negative interaction, she’d reduce it. Then she’d be upset to be at 50, but her husband would be glad to be at 50. It taught me to manage my expectations, not only for others but also for myself. I want to start at 0 and look for positives, letting them raise expectations, rather defaulting to disappointment.
- He mentioned that we love to hate people’s sins because we can’t face our own. Ouch.
From Alice Sullivan‘s Talk
- Feel worthy enough to write your own story. We often feel like we don’t have anything good to say, but our insight really can be helpful to others. I do not want to waste my story if it can be of value to someone else.
- It is a myth to believe that you are only a “good” writer if you are published. I admit I have believed this lie, let it box me in and hold me back. No more. (Hence, this blog.)
Of course, there were other nuggets, but I’m holding them close and still processing them privately. I’m so thankful for the work God is continuing in me through all I experienced at re:create!