Posts Tagged ‘Counselor’

loveJust like military leaders in combat, spiritual leaders must know and accept their mission. This is difficult because we tend to focus on “secondary missions,” which are usually more tangible. Secondary missions are important things like running a business, serving in church, loving your family, or leading a small group. The danger is that secondary missions can become idolatry when not kept in proper relationship to the primary mission: loving God and loving our neighbor. When the mission is properly understood, spiritual leaders give themselves to God in all things – the business, the church, the family, the small group, or any other noble endeavor.

[Reflect on how Joanna, the wife of Chuza, may have understood the mission. What secondary missions could she have had?]

marionetteDo you have the control-freak gene? (What if you have it and don’t realize it?) How do we keep up healthy-control when there is “crazy” all around us?

This quiz (written by Dr. Albrecht) was published in Psychology Today:

1. Do you “help” other people drive – tell them what route to take, when to turn, where to park, remind them that the traffic light has changed?
2. Do you devote a lot of attention and energy to keeping your personal environment organized?
3. Do you give people a lot of “shoulds” and “oughts” – unsolicited advice, suggestions, and “constructive criticism?”
4. Do you have lots of personal rules, routines, rituals, and ceremonies?
5. Are you the one who takes over and orders other people around when the situation seems confused?
6. Do you dislike depending on others, accepting help from them, or allowing them to do things for you?
7. Do you insist on “being right,” having things done your way, or having the final word?
8. Do you “over-plan” simple activities?
9. Do you find it difficult to admit making mistakes, being wrong or misinformed about something, or acknowledging that you’ve changed your mind?
10. Do you become angry, irritable, or anxious when someone or something makes you late, when things don’t start on time, or things don’t go according to plan?

Interpret Your Score:
41 – 50: yep, you’re a control freak.
31 – 40: you probably have some control issues.
21 – 30: you can live and let live.
10 – 20: are you being honest?

The title of Wonderful Counselor in Isaiah 9:6 is not the opposite of a lousy counselor – it is more militaristic than many would anticipate.

Wonderful Counselor (.mp3)

Listen to the entire sermon and perhaps you will see Wonderful Counselor in a new light.  It starts with a broad perspective, describes the governing position, and highlights the potential for today.