Lore Ferguson Wilbert:
Any squabble in a preschool classroom will show us the main ingredient in moving on is a well placed, “I’m sorry.” But whether it’s to placate the offended party, bring just a moment of peace, or truly intended to help the offender see their wrong, an “I’m sorry” is still just one part of an apology. When I was a young teen the recipe for an apology changed in our household. Where my parents previously just made us say those two little words (I’m sorry.), they began to implement a new way of making peace. These four parts of an apology have stayed with me through adulthood and I utilize them every time I’ve had to eat a piece of humble pie.
Days after firing the church’s founder, the elders of the Chicago-area multisite congregation announced more changes. The executive committee—the top leaders on the elder board—would also be resigning within months. A task force had been formed to review church structure and processes. This week, the elder board winnowed from 30 people to 9.
There is, though, harm that comes from adopting an attitude of feeling sorry for oneself. There is real danger for our souls in fact. Just to be clear, we are not talking about sadness here. Nor are we talking about mourning. We are talking about living in a posture of the victim – that our modus operandi is to immediately consider ourselves stricken by life, or by God. That’s where the danger lies. And that’s why we should take active steps to fight self-pity. Here are three reasons why it’s dangerous, and why we should engage in fighting it.
That was extreme, but you’ve been there, right? You’re in the thick of it. Your kids are relentless. You are tired. They don’t get it. You may have even been tempted to institute a 6:00 PM bedtime for the foreseeable future! And yet, your deeper desire is to guide your children to Jesus himself, and so you have not given up. Let me encourage you with three reminders.
Today as the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention convened, SBC President J.D. Greear announced 10 calls to action for Southern Baptists based on initial recommendations from the Sexual Abuse Presidential Advisory Group.