Six ways to practice defining yourself at church

  1. Here’s what I think:
  2. I want…
  3. I’d like to…
  4. I’ll be leaving the meeting at 9:00.
  5. I don’t answer my cell on Monday.
  6. I’d love it if we could…

What do you do when you need to say what you think or set a boundary?

4 Responses to Six ways to practice defining yourself at church

  1. Rev Jim Hinds says:

    The defining of boundaries is not to just keep others away, it reminds us of what is truly important (to us and ministry), it presents ways for others to also define themselves.

    • Margaret Marcuson says:

      Thanks, Jim. You’re right. To have the impact you describe, it’s important to do it in a way that is not too serious and rigid. It’s a tricky balance.

  2. Paul Brassey says:

    I get in trouble.

    • Margaret Marcuson says:

      Paul — well, it’s true that defining yourself can get you in trouble. I wonder if thinking of it as “practice” could make it a little lighter. Like running scales.

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