Being confident does not mean being cocky. Being humble does not mean being weak, or full of shame. True confidence and humility come from a place of knowing your worth, feeling grateful, and wanting to be useful.
Love Over Ego follows the biblical story of Daniel from his early days as a child captive in Babylon, to becoming one of the most respected leaders of the nation. Throughout each chapter, we witness the clash between the ego of the Babylonian rulers and the humble confidence of Daniel and his friends. The story offers a rich narrative for exploring questions such as: What is the difference between arrogance and genuine confidence? What is our true identity?
As Daniel and his friends boldly face the powerful Babylonian rulers, we glimpse ways that vanity, manipulation and desire to control never hold up to the grounding power of confidence, love and true self-worth.
These themes are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.
In times like these, we as members of the human race can learn to rise above petty issues, put aside differences and simply help one another, remembering our shared humanity.
For times when we find ourselves getting lost again in a self-focused mindset, Love Over Ego challenges us to remember what matters most. Like Daniel who stands amid lions, and his friends stand in the middle of fire, we also have the option to stand true to our values even in hard times. We invite you to join us in this program, as we practice letting genuine love take priority in our lives.
This is an opportunity to access your higher nature, even in challenging times. You can start your own exploration at any time, with our 5 week email program, with readings, insights, and opportunities for reflection. Or start your own small group in your church or community, using the Love Over Ego workbook and related resources. Or join our coordinated launches on September 30th, 2018 or February 3rd, 2019.
<!– Read an overview of each week of the program. –>Each of the five weeks explores a communication task drawn from the parable:
- Week 1: True Identity Choosing to respond from our higher nature, rather than from ego.
- Week 2: Intention Over Expectation Coming to a situation with a desire to love and serve, rather than expecting to be served.
- Week 3: Confidence Over Arrogance Staying centered and present, even in highly charged situations.
- Week 4: Humility Over Shame Accepting that we are imperfect, and learning from our mistakes.
- Week 5: Contentment Over Materialism Appreciating this moment, instead of constantly seeking “more.”
- Week 6: Love Wins (Wrap-up) Navigating hard times with prayer, and belief that God’s love is the most powerful force.
Elements of the program
As with all of the Journey Programs, you can use the materials in a variety of ways:
- Read the materials, using either the workbook, or by subscribing to receive the daily emails.
- Meet in a small group to study, discuss, and learn from each other.
- Run the program for a congregation, using all the elements below.
Daily Bible study is a wonderful and enriching way to ground your spiritual growth work. The workbook provides ideas for daily reading from scripture, reflections from individuals, and concrete ideas for practicing forgiveness in daily life.
- Order your Love Over Ego workbook (available in paperback, eBook, or email subscription).
- Subscribe to receive the content by email.
A small group is a gathering of people who commit to meet on a weekly basis to explore their faith and support each other in applying that faith to life. Small groups usually include prayer, a time for checking in, and discussions or related activities.
- Find out about small group opportunities in your area by asking your pastor or contacting the pastor of a local participating congregation.
- Start your own! It’s easy with the step-by-step Love Over Ego workbook, which includes instructions for small group leaders and participants alike.
Each week, the worship service and Sunday School sessions will focus on one topic of Practicing Forgiveness program.
- Attend worship on Sunday at one of the participating congregations.
- Help inspire children to make space in their lives for God with lessons from the Youth and Sunday School Program.
- Promote the program in your local area with promotional materials.
Questions? Contact us by email at [email protected] or call 267-502-4916
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