After attending a successful conference or retreat, we may leave feeling challenged and thoughtful or really stimulated and blessed by God. This time I have left feeling both.
I have discovered from experience, that there are several things to consider when arriving back home:
- Be careful what you share! There is always the danger that any sharing of your fragile personal pearls will be rubbished by some careless remark or you may just bore the pants of people. If I am doing this to you, then please forgive me. Better say nothing and wait until the 'blessing' has taken root within you.
- The enemy will be on the prowl to devalue what you have received and will try any way possible to cast doubts and uncertainties. For example, by harsh words with a spouse, friend or colleague. Hold on to what you have received and doubt your doubts.
- If we have received a blessing, then sooner or later it will be put to use, usually as a blessing to others. Be open and sensitive to God.
- Spend time with God to assimilate and pray over what you heard and received.