25 EHS Truisms
As we get ready to embark on this journey together toward emotional health and spiritual health, I wanted to share with you 25 power Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) truisms that have stood the test of time. They capture, in a memorable way, profound biblical truths about EHS as a discipleship paradigm. We don’t want to be mere believers, but instead disciples on a journey growing in healthy ways to become rooted and grounded in our new family of origin with Jesus. This list comes from one of Pete Scazzero’s emails.
1. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.
2. Jesus may be in your heart but grandpa is in your bones.
3. We cannot give what we do not possess.
4. What I do matters. Who I am matters much more.
5. Limits are often God’s gifts in disguise.
6. As goes the leader, so goes the church.
7. For an expectation to be valid, it must be conscious, realistic, spoken, and agreed upon.
8. If you skim on your inner work, your outer work will suffer as well.
9. You can’t separate knowing God from knowing yourself.
10. We cannot change what we are unaware of.
11. Loss marks the place where self-knowledge and powerful transformation happen – if we say yes to God.
12. Our doing for Jesus must be sustained by a life of being with Jesus.
13. We are not leaders who are married. We lead out of our marriages.
14. Our shadows undermine the best of who we are unless we face them.
15. Without silence and solitude, it is almost impossible to grow in the spiritual life.
16. The degree to which we grieve our losses is the degree to which we are compassionate people.
17. God speaks in the sound of sheer silence.
18. The truth sets us free, but it first makes us miserable (Sandra Wilson).
19. When we fail to practice Sabbath, we do violence to ourselves.
20. Sometimes you have to disrupt false peace to have true peace.
21. The body is a major, not a minor prophet.
22. We speak respectfully, honestly, clearly, and in a timely way, in the new family of Jesus.
23. We have to go backwards in order to go forward.
24. Discipleship is the putting off the sinful patterns of your family of origin, and culture,and learning to live in the new family of Jesus.
25. When you are not in reality, you are not in spirituality.
Let’s invest together on Tuesday nights beginning in January
as we grow together in becoming emotionally mature adults.