I’ve been reading Henry Clouds 9 Thing You Simply Must Do and have found it so relevant to many situations that I am in.
The second of the 9 things is “Pulling the infected tooth” which means – removing the negative or wasteful things in your life or avoid getting them in your life completely. Proverbs 22:17 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. I know someone who has been in a job where there are certain things that are crushing their spirit and preventing them from flourishing. There are definitely areas of infected teeth within their job, as there are in most peoples and they needed to decide whether the infected teeth are easily removed or whether it was them that would have to remove them self from the infected teeth. I felt from reading this book, I was then able to provide better support for them.
The 1st and 3rd are “Dig it up” and “Play the movie.” These are about digging up the talents that you have within you and fast forwarding the movie of your life so you can see how the decisions/ activities you make today will affect your life down the line. I’ve been really confused about whether or not God wants me to be at uni as I’m not particularly enjoying it and I feel I could be doing a lot more productive things with my time. However, I know that God has put the ability to get a degree in me and God’s given me the gift of being good with children also. By completing my “Childhood and Youth” degree, I am investing my talents as God has told me to do. Similarly, in terms of “playing the movie”, I have had it prophesied over me that I am going to be a teacher but in order to be a teacher I need to have a degree. If I don’t do this degree now, I won’t be able to fulfill that prophesy and become a teacher.
Lastly, the 4th chapter is called “Do Something.” It means merely that. If something is irritating you, you should do something. So today, 2 things were irritating me – one is a recent medical irritation that I have been trying to fight, convinced it would go away but to no avail. The other had been bugging me for longer and I knew I should face at some point but always put it off to sort out another day. Today however, I sorted it out so I no longer have to worry about it. It was scary as I had never done anything like it before, it was a bit painful but it’s over now and at least I can say I have done something about it.
So 4 chapters down – 5 to go.