What questions and changes are you facing today? As we navigate these changes, it can be very helpful to take some time for intentional and prayerful reflection.
A friend of mine, Jonathan Swenson, who is both a Lutheran pastor and a professional actor, recently shared a very interesting exercise that actors sometimes use to help develop characters into “real” human beings, with thoughts, emotions, desires and intentions. Four questions are asked of the character:
1. What do they need?
2. What do they want?
3. What do they fear?
4. What do they love?
Jonathan went on to say that this exercise can also be an interesting tool in everyday life. The questions can help us consider the hopes and intentions of others, as well as our own needs and desires as we face decisions, opportunities, mixed emotions or relationship difficulties.
The question of what we fear can be particularly insightful. When we identify what we fear, this can “take away the power, to some degree, of whatever is [bothering me] or holding me up from a goal, a relationship or a project,” according to Jonathan. So we ask:
1. What do I need?
2. What do I want?
3. What do I fear?
4. What do I love?
Prayerfully reflecting on these questions, along with a biblically-grounded understanding of what God calls us to do and be, can be a worthwhile exercise for us. Jonathan adds: “The answers will absolutely guide the next steps in coming to resolution. They will help you in communicating and building trust and finding answers with others. And they will also inform your prayers, as you bring those concerns and fears to God and continue to ask for clarity and help.” -Why not give it a try?
-Pastor Deborah Lunde