Alright everybody, I hope you're enjoying spring as much as I am! It has been beautiful here in Vancouver, aside from a few cloudy and rainy days. This week we had our very own Tanya Lyons teaching about Self-Leadership.
You can immediately tell Tanya has a huge passion for teaching. She gets so enthusiastic about everything and is good at making it memorable and relatable. While self-leadership may seem like a simple concept, Tanya fleshed it out and taught the small nuances that come along with the subject.
She started off explaining the difference between things we can control, such as how we respond to experiences, and things we can't control, like where we’re born. Most people don't even think about this and therefore waste so much energy worrying and trying to control things they can't.
Next she followed up with the question, "Are you the main character of your life or the best friend?" (See the movie “The Holiday” for more.) Honestly it's another question most people never think of. You are the one who is accountable for your life. Something else that stuck out to me during that session was that when we don't do anything we are actually deciding to do nothing. Food for thought.
Tanya quoted Winkie Pratney saying faith is like riding a bicycle—you have to keep moving or you fall over. We had a great discussion on the character of God and explored some well known Bible verses about love.
Tanya herself had some quotable sayings, which I'll explain. The first is, "Don't be a wimpy tree!" referring to the Biosphere2 experiment in the 90s. Scientists discovered trees that weren’t exposed to wind weren’t able to produce ripe fruit. Before fruit could ripen it would fall off—the branches didn’t have strength to support their weight. The hardships we face in life and how we respond to them build our character. Tanya said, “When the storm comes, it's too late to start preparing for it." So while the storms of our life help us grow it's not wise to sit around waiting for the storm. We should prepare NOW so we can make it through and become stronger. The habits we build in the calm seasons prepare us for these storms.
For the rest of the week we spoke about our conscience, fear of the Lord, and self-government. Our conscience has a huge influence over us and God can use it to speak to us. Self-government is the idea we need to govern (or lead) ourselves. If we don’t lead ourselves someone or something else will govern us.
Overall it was a great week of teaching, full of great quotes and fun moments. It led into a weekend of visiting Stanley Park with the DTS students. While the weather wasn't the best it was a beautiful place to explore. Back at the guesthouse we played Risk and put together a puzzle without corners! It was daunting but we managed to finish before the weekend was over.
I hope you are having as good of a time as we are, making the most of every opportunity. Have a great week and God bless!
Eric for the SOMLD