Concrete Tools

Eph 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…

A couple of days ago I (Sally) was listening to a woman, who was trying to become clean.  She had not taken a hit of cocaine for 6 days.  Granted  she had moments of clarity that were not there a few days before this.  There was hope.  Her mind and reasoning were a mess! She was crying out for help and yet at the same time longing for what she had given up.  This is not an easy business; coming alongside such pain, hurt and the pull to return to former “pleasure.”

This gal was open enough, and somehow I had earned her trust, to see her living quarters.  As I walked in her tiny RV I stepped on some dog “poop” (inside the RV).  There was no place to sit or walk. It was piled up with “stuff” and all I could see was a mess beyond I had ever seen.

Her living quarters reflected her mind or was it the other way around?  Where to start?

All  I could think of was “tiny steps” and be very practical with help and use concrete simplicity when talking with her.

Roll up sleeves, come along side and use many “what” questions. “Why?” has no place at this stage and yet that is the very thing that this gal wants to ask.  She drives herself crazy with WHY.

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One Response to Concrete Tools

  1. Clifford Véronique says:

    This reminds me of the way Jesus came into the world and into our lives full of mess. He didn’t back up, strenghtened by His Father’s love. We come to people with in Jesus’ name, to bring the Father’s love. Jesus comes through us to bring His life by His authority.

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