Your Lightning Rod

If you lead people you need a lightning rod. Someone you can be real with and share with. Vent with. And I don’t mean Jesus. When you vent to Jesus He already knows your heart. You need to be vulnerable to a person. On earth. Like a flesh and blood person. Now, don’t send a bunch of hate mail saying I said not to talk to Jesus. I’m assuming that by reading this you are already spiritually mature enough to understand all your stuff needs to go to Him first anyway.

You need to share all of the stuff in your life:

All of the victories. The defeats. The happiness. The sorrows. The anger. The questions. The doubts. The stuff that will drive you crazy if you leave it bottled up inside. Sharing is just one of the ways you can keep your sanity. But you must be careful. Your lightning rod must be someone spritually mature enough to handle all of the lightning that you throw at them. Don’t pick someone that will be hurt emotionally or spiritually by the venting. And don’t pick your spouse. They get enough already (or at least mine does!) and won’t need more. Doing this will build a relationship that will stand the tests of time and storms. Be real and really be.

Any thoughts? Leave a comment. I promise it won’t get fried.

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4 thoughts on “Your Lightning Rod

  1. Chris,

    This is very true. Hiding is a dangerous thing to do, but it is our inclination as people. I have learned this the hard way in my life. Many fall into the trap of thinking that they have too much to lose to be honest with anyone about what is going on in their lives. And by “lives” I mean their inner lives, not just the external details that are easy to talk about (“My cat is sick…” “My great uncle has a sinus infection…”).

    It’s a trap. You think, “If anyone knew this, all would be lost: my reputation, my family, etc.” So you don’t bring anything into the light, and the thing you are hiding gets the best of you anyway, destroying your reputation, family, etc., by growing in the darkness. This is a critical point that I wish more people would understand and practice.

    Much love to you and your family,

    James

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