IN HARMONIE JOURNEY: CHANGE

The fourth movement of the in Harmonie Journey is Change.

Is there anything that needs to change in our lives in order to experience more harmony? Perhaps we need to change our mindset and find new ways to look at our current circumstances. Can we influence our situations, or the people around us? And what do we need to accept?

STEP 1: INTRODUCTION:

IN HARMONIE CHANGE

STEP 2: TAKE TIME

TO REFLECT

As we look at our lives, what can we do to become more like Christ? What can we do or stop doing in order to let a life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control be formed in us?

1. Is there something we can change?

2. Is there something we can influence?

3. What do we need to accept?

Take a moment to explore these areas. Now turn to a friend and pose these questions, listening to their answers openly and honestly.

STEP 3: TEXT & THEORY

“This is a call for us to recon­sid­er how we have been approach­ing our life, in light of the fact that we now, in the pres­ence of Jesus, have the option of liv­ing with­in the sur­round­ing move­ments of God’s eter­nal pur­pos­es, of tak­ing our life into his life.”

—Dal­las Willard

When we look at our own lives, are we living in the flesh or in the spirit? What can we change?

STEP 4: THINK ABOUT YOUR CHANGE

Let us take a moment to evaluate change in our own lives:

1. Who am I becoming?

2. How am I becoming more and more like Jesus?

3. How am I becoming less and less like Jesus?

Explore these questions through a journal entry or, if you are comfortable, share your thoughts with us.

“It’s easy to say, I want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. But Jesus’ footsteps were not a walk in the park. He was an enemy of the state, he was persecuted, he was murdered. And when we face these things, we feel that He has disowned us. But God holds you in all the situations you go through. And then when you’re on the other side, that’s when you’re able to say, nothing can separate me from God’s love. Because if this didn’t separate me, nothing will.”

Minah Koehla is the executive director of Beautiful Gate and a committed activist for social justice and child welfare.

STEP 5: LISTEN TO A CONVERSATION

Forgiveness and reconciliation go together, and yet there is a difference:

Forgiveness is all about the individual aspect; only I can forgive. Nobody can do it on my behalf.

Reconciliation actively involves all the parties in a conflict with the ultimate goal of restoring broken relationships.

1.Are there any relationships that have been broken?

2.Is there a specific person that you’ve already forgiven, yet the relationship is still broken?

We invite you to participate in our Around the Table practice, which ultimately aims to guide a conversation of reconciliation.

STEP 6: EXPERIENCE AN IN HARMONIE MOMENT

Where can I change to bring change?

“For us as South Africans, in order to build a harmonious future, we need to put our own thoughts and opinions aside and say what can I do, where can I change to bring change?”

Rouchelle Liedeman attended a Vibrancy songwriting retreat at in Harmonie, and shares her experience.

STEP 7:  SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE