I went to a Tony Stolzfus workshop last week and am still processing what I received. (I’ll blog an eval of the event next week.) One idea that really got me going was a new vocab word and the concept that went with it – reframing.
The name of this particular conference is “Living from the heart” it’s the third and final workshop in his Meta-Formation series. “Transforming the heart” is about our relationship with God. “Relating from the heart” is (you guessed it) about relating to others and then this final one is about seeing God in the circumstances of our past and present and reframing our life pathway to see what was going on.
For instance, let’s take a look at our man Joseph. Looking back at his journey in Potiphar’s house et al could see that he was learning Egyptian culture and the language etc. setting him up for the leadership role God had in mind from the beginning. We see this in the famous line he said to his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” (Gen. 50:20) Joseph learned the art and skill of reframing. He chose not to be bitter or questioning, not to take revenge into his own hands. He could have raised his fist to his brothers when he came to power, he could have raised his fist to God while he was in process, but instead he raised his arms in worship and surrender.
We started out the conference with the “Book of Life” experience. Prior to the conference Tony set up an hour long phone session with each of us. He asked us to talk about a low point in our lives, a dark time or a valley experience. As the conference started we were ushered into a heaven like experience and a personalized leather bound journal was handed to each of us. Inside was our story reframed. Mine talked about instances where I thought doors had closed because of something I did wrong, but then I realized without that nudge that I would not have started my own ministry. How cool is that?
So what about you? We all have stuff that has happened to us that we don’t get, or that hurt. We want it to have purpose. We want to know God was there with us even if we didn’t feel Him. As we change our attitude and raise our arms to Him in surrender instead of raising our fist in anger, He meets us there.
What are you going through or what have you been through that God is dying to reframe for you? What will you raise – your fist or your hands?
Interested in Conf info? Here’s the site. http://www.meta-formation.com/metaformation.html Let me know if you are interested in attending if there was a local offering. He is starting to offer these in other places beyond Redding and I’d love to have one here.