11 09, 2019

Leveraging WantPower on the Journey of Transformation… a post by Clif Roth

By |2019-09-11T21:27:41-04:00September 11th, 2019|Body, Character, Creation, Dark Night, Desire, Hope, Human, Imagination, Sexuality, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In her book The Willpower Instinct, Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal describes three aspects of motivation to change:  WILLPOWER, WON’TPOWER, and WANTPOWER.  The goal of the book is to help persons develop self-control.  I have found these categories extremely helpful.  I’d like to share my slight adaptation and an application:   Willpower speaks to our volitional capacity (decision making/personal agency), Won’tPower speaks to our evaluative capacity (controlled by conscience), and Wantpower speaks to our transformational capacity (connected to desire and imagination).  Recently I have used these categories to address problematic (unwanted) sexual behavior. As soul care providers, if we stop short of helping

5 06, 2018

Place Matters…a post by Jim

By |2018-06-05T17:00:06-04:00June 5th, 2018|Clarity, Community, Creation, Decisions, Hebrews 13:14, Hope, John 14:2, Moving, Peace, People, Place, Purpose, Relational Design, Responsibility, Self-Clarity, Wendell Berry|0 Comments

At CrossPoint we often talk about three key components when it comes to taking a serious inventory of our lives. If you want to assess how you are doing in life think in terms of 1) People, 2) Place, and 3) Purpose. Clearly people matter. In fact, we repeatedly say that the quality of one’s life depends on the quality of one’s relationships (with God, others, and with one’s own soul). If you want a fulfilling life, work on your relational capacity. Work on being able to be more appropriately vulnerable since trust is the currency of relationships. And

6 11, 2017

Wild Geese…a poem by Mary Oliver

By |2017-11-06T21:52:17-04:00November 6th, 2017|Beauty, Body, Clarity, Creation, Despair, Empathy, Faith, Humility, Imagination, Loneliness|0 Comments

This is a beautiful poem that speaks for itself and the first few lines are of particular encouragement for those tortured souls...you know who you are. Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over

25 09, 2017

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…a post by Joy

By |2017-09-25T15:20:59-04:00September 25th, 2017|Approval, Beauty, Creation, Desire, Emotions, Favor, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Psalm 90:17|2 Comments

For two mornings this week I have awakened to this verse going through my mind. Psalm 90:17 (KJV)   “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish Thou the work of our hands; Establish Thou the work of our hands. It’s a familiar verse that is quoted in the Midday prayer that we have often quoted through the years for the Deeper Journey retreats.  I also have it in song form by the Northumbria Community in England.  Actually, the song is what awakened me from my dreams both of those mornings. I’ve often been struck by this

28 08, 2017

I Lift My Eyes To The Mountains…a post by Joy

By |2017-08-28T17:21:31-04:00August 28th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Decisions, Discernment, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Psalm 121, Rest, Stillness|1 Comment

  PSALM 121: 1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.   Psalm 121 has always been one of my favorites. My father had all 4 of us children memorize the entire Psalm when we were young. It’s amazing that these verses have come to my heart and mind at different times in my life, even after having not read the Psalm for a very long time. Today, as I look at the mountains in front of me and all

17 04, 2017

Never a Monday Like Today…a post by Jim

By |2017-04-17T19:14:11-04:00April 17th, 2017|Creation, Easter, Human, Humility, Living in the now, Physicality, Responsibility, Self-Clarity|1 Comment

Easter weekend is over. It is Monday. Now what? I can only imagine the despair that the crucifixion brought to those who loved and followed Jesus. Saturday did nothing to change their shock, anger, and sorrow. But an empty tomb, appearances to the women and the followers on the road to Emmaus changed everything. Jesus was alive! His resurrection re-energized their lives in an unbelievable way to do unbelievable things. In her wonderful book, A Theology of the Ordinary, Julie Canlis highlights the ‘culture (and cult) of the extraordinary’ in American and many churches. The point she makes is

16 02, 2017

Let’s Get Physical…a post by Jim

By |2017-02-16T18:09:26-04:00February 16th, 2017|Body, Creation, Human, Physicality, Responsibility|1 Comment

  This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of visiting my father who was turning 90 years old. He said he never thought he would make it to such an old age. But he is very grateful for the health that he has, the people in his life who love and care for him, and his interests that are still alive and well within his soul (he still loves to read, to paint, to work in his wood shop!). While reminiscing with him and visiting with two uncles and aunts (all are close to 90 years of

8 02, 2017

Butterfly effect…a post by Tom

By |2017-02-08T15:29:41-04:00February 8th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Dark Night, family systems, Future, Rest, Solitude and Silence, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” —Dean Jackson God’s first revelation is nature.  In nature’s cycles of life, death, and rebirth we see the gospel in action right in front of us.  Our spiritual journey is no different, we must journey through stages of order, disorder, and reorder.  The journey of Jesus was meant to be followed and not just worshipped.   Leaning into our own order, disorder, and reorder while trusting the

11 10, 2016

The River of Healing…a post by Joy

By |2016-10-11T00:55:05-04:00October 11th, 2016|Beauty, Creation, Holy Spirit, Stillness|0 Comments

Having driven yesterday to the site of the Ohio River at Leavenworth, Indiana, we stopped for a few moments to gaze upon its beauty. While the sun glistened on the water, the view became even more restful and inviting to just “be in the moment.” It was life-giving to watch it move gently down the way. Interestingly enough, the Scripture reading for this morning was on the passage of the River of Healing in Ezekiel 47: 1-12. Verse 9 states that “everything that touches the water of this river will live.” Then....”Wherever this water flows, everything will live. “ The

23 08, 2016

Perfectly imperfekt…a post by Tom

By |2016-08-23T20:56:31-04:00August 23rd, 2016|Burnout, Creation, Discernment, Emotions, Fear, Human, Humility, Love, Presumption, Self-Clarity, Suffering|0 Comments

Why can’t anything or anyone be perfect? Why can’t this thing go the way it is supposed to? The long answer involves all the flaws, shortcomings, mistakes, sins, errors, and imperfections in every given person and situation. The short answer is because that every person or thing is not God. Seems like God put Himself in a bind by creating anything because anything created would always fall short of the Creator. After all only God is good. Even without sin entering the picture everything still falls short of the full glory of God! It is refreshing to know that

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