This week I read chapter 10, titled "Discovering Where Change is Needed". In this chapter, the author gave practical advice on how to take in information from other people and organize it Biblically. In doing so, he said this:
"Getting to know a person is like going around the house and collecting the laundry. Before long you have a diverse pile of multi-colored clothes, but you'd better sort them before you throw them in the washer, or you will have funny-colored socks!" (page 185)
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you gather information in each scenario:
- What is going on? (the situation)
- What does the person do in response to what is going on? (the responses)
- What does the person think about what is going on? (the thoughts)
- What does the person want out of, or in the midst of, what is going on? (the motives)
The author then went on to explain each of these questions and concepts in detail. I found this chapter to be very useful and practical for every day life. Every Christian ministers to other people. And every person has the opportunity to counsel another person on at some level and at some point in their life. Chapter 10 0f this book will give you the tools to do that effectively as you take in the information being told to you.