This passage from Dan Allender’s book was a great reminder to me that real Spiritual growth takes place in community, and takes place in the process of wrestling with truth, circumstances, people and the competing desires and motivations that lie within us. Are you willing to "suffer someone else’s
helplessness or confusion" as they wrestle toward growth, understanding and God honoring ends?
“Leaders often have more information than those they
lead. And even if leaders told others of
the crises and complexities of their world, they would receive only dull, blank
stares. It is somewhat like bungee
jumping. People will watch you jump into
thin air, but ask one of them to join you in the feat and he will look at you
like you have lost your mind . . . and he might be right. . . . We want to help, to quickly resolve the struggle. But we don’t want to suffer someone else’s
helplessness or confusion. If all we
need to do is offer to move furniture or give a few dollars to settle the
issue, they we willingly help. But to sit with Job in his agony is more than
the vast majority of human beings will do, even for those they love most.”
Is it any wonder the Scriptures teach a plurality of elders?