“It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the LORD, you are safe.” Proverbs 29:25 GNT
A ‘front’ by its definition can “cause the weather to change dramatically because it occurs along the boundary between two air masses with different densities and temperatures.”
I was thinking about the past false ‘fronts’ that I put up around people who did much of the same in my life. Even as a teenager, I could be whatever you wanted me to be as long as it made you and others happy.
People pleasing began to develop in my life as I tried to be all things to all people. It caused nothing but storms in my life – even as I grew into an adult. In my mind, I was the one trying to hold everything together. I was trying to keep the family at peace even though I was never specifically asked to do so.
Much like thunderstorms, my unhealthy ‘fronts’ and broken boundaries were all about making others happy at my expense. This caused my outlook on life to change dramatically, leaving me hopeless and unsatisfied with who I had become.
I love that in Celebrate Recovery we can offer a place for our students in The Landing to understand what healthy relationships look like. We have a tool in The Landing that helps students identify unhealthy character defects like people pleasing and much more. In The Landing we help our students understand their true identity rests with Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Through the life changing family ministry of Celebrate Recovery, we teach kids, teens, and adults. We teach that it is okay if you don’t make everyone happy – in fact it’s impossible. Our families in Celebrate Recovery learn that when Christ said “love others as yourself”, he didn’t mean at the ‘expense’ of our self.
Hundreds of thousands of families are growing through Celebration Place for kids, The Landing for students, and Celebrate Recovery as a whole. They are walking with a grateful heart toward Christ as they learn from the lessons. If Christ can work miracles in so many families’ lives, he can most definitely do it in your family’s life too.