Not saying the right thing, will always be an element in SoulCare with another person. I will never be adequate when I’m trusting and relying on the Spirit. Mistakes will take place, but the precedence should remain on revealing a soul restored or with a new-found passion for God. That end goal will make a thousand small mistakes seem insignificant.
Offering our heart to another with no strings attached. It is a gift of time and willingness to listen and not judge. To genuinely care about what is going on in the life of another and and be willing to become invested enough to know, explore, discover and touch another life though the Holy Spirit. It is unconditional and the offer is made without expecting anything for self in return.
A thousand small mistakes are overcome if all that is said comes out of a heart of love and care for the other. Words are less important sometimes than the manner in which they are spoken. If the conveyed message is always one of love and seeking the other persons interest with a heart desiring to see that person grow in their desire to love God above all else, the other person will have grace for small errors in how we move and speak along the way.
When we offer our heart, and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, it is the most beautiful gift of relationship. When we do soul care, we will make mistakes as we sometimes listen to our own thinking, or get something wrong, or forget to listen first, etc… but if they see that our heart is totally open and full of loving care for them, those little things won’t matter in contrast to the overall picture.
“Pour out as a gift offering to God” as you serve and give to others. Otherwise, we will be looking for reciprocal treatment.
I like this example cited in the lesson:
“You must be a released person, so aware of the life of Christ in you that nothing matters more than pouring it out on others—something like a cheerleader on the side of a marathon race handing a glass of water to one of the runners halfway through, and when they see that glass of water, and they take it from your hand as they run by, and they take a sip, and then they discard the cup, they’re saying, “I feel revitalized. There’s been a refreshment of my soul. My soul has been restored because you gave me something that if I had not received, my soul would not have been restored the way it now is. And I’m grateful to you for it.”
And when they complete the marathon and receive the medals – you may be forgotten! Nothing to be upset about, when what we give is an offering to God, a gift with no strings attached.
I can offer my heart to someone as a gift by being led by the Spirit of God in my communication. Trusting the Spirit to give me the right words to say with no motives to achieve anything other than allowing the Spirit to work in the heart of the person I’m talking with. A thousands small mistakes are the stones on the road the we step on or trip over as we go on a path to discover another person and help them to see themselves as God does. We will not always say or do the right things, but we keep going and do not abandon them.