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Safe Place Ministries provides biblically based training, truth and support to those impacted by abuse. Christ was not afraid to enter into the most challenging brokenness and with that confidence, neither are we.

From the Director

During harvest season and the following two months of celebration, we typically indulge and encourage all kinds of overabundance. This excess could apply to anything: hours worked, relationships, food, acquiring possessions, etc. However, sometimes, “More of everything” is the opposite of what we need.

It has helped me occasionally to take a moment and ask, “What am I stepping toward, and what am I letting go?” This is because it isn’t always intentional where I gravitate - but I want to keep it intentional. It takes intent and discernment to reevaluate the activities and things in your life, and even the people.

Fortunately, what you eliminate isn’t always permanent. Sometimes the answer is just “not now” instead of “not at all.” It is OK to pull back from all the extraneous and decide what belongs in the center ring of your circus.

This is where the verse “I have determined to know nothing but Christ crucified” comes to mind. It's refreshing to pull everything back to the basics and just call on the name of Jesus.

The song linked below has been special to me and I hope it blesses you whether you spend this season indulging or scaling back

Kapri

I Speak Jesus

The Company We Keep

Our community shapes us because we do the same activities, discuss the same topics and partake of the same food and drink with them.

If your first thought was, “Community? I’m isolated!” Even more than normal, when we are isolated from people, media, commercials and other online connections become our community. They are the company we keep.

Fostering human relationship takes time and effort. During different seasons, many relationships, although dear, fade naturally. But being plugged-in prevents this natural attrition in life. Sometimes a person who you wouldn’t make time to share a meal with is still continually in your line of sight. In fact, we seem to have an expectation of maintaining a relationship with everyone and staying engaged with everything.

Unfortunately, “the everything” has been bitterly polarizing. Of course, everyone wants what is right for themselves and their families, but most people also want what is right for others and the rest of the world.

But what happens when what is right for the world or “right thinking” becomes more important than people? This is one reason Safe Place started, so that faith and safety didn’t need to be a choice. Sometimes two things can be right, or true.

Seeking right theology and being right is a good thing, however, even good things can come between us and God.

Tony Scarcello writes on this topic in Regeneration, “This worship of doctrine stands in the way of worshiping Jesus, as all idolatry does… A true mark of enlightenment (or sanctification) is one’s ability to maintain the tension of unity without needing uniformity.”

There are a few ways to engage with people concerning this. First, it is wise to acknowledge if you are not in place to hear certain topics, or from certain people. You may need to disentangle yourself. This is not the same as “canceling” them or dismissing their personhood. But you also do not need to engage in every relationship with the same level of intimacy during your life.

Second, if you find yourself in a place that is rooted and secure, you may be given the opportunity to sit down with someone who differs from you. If you do not need to inform or convert them, and are able to remain content in your identity, then you can be animated by God’s Spirit instead of just the company you keep.

Christ spent time with all kinds, but his inner circle was with broken people who knew they needed God. So lastly, be intentional about the community you cultivate. Because the company we keep, and invest in, defines us.
 

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