- 2-5 minutes. The shorter the better.
- Keep it about yourself.
- Don’t worry about making it perfect.
- It’s okay to tell about something that happened in the past but It’s much better if you talk about something you’re going through right now.
- You can share insights, but try not to teach. We want your story.
- You don’t have to follow the outline below. It is a guide, not a rigid format.
As you prepare, you may find it helpful to pray Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
1. Your brokenness.
How are you broken? How does this reveal itself?
I am not comfortable with a God I can’t understand. I hate not being able to explain things and there is so much I can’t explain.
2. Your failed escapes. (addictions?)
How do you try to escape or hide your brokenness? What is the result?
Rather than engage with a God I can’t explain directly, on an experiential level, I hide in abstractions: I’m a theology addict. I fabricate a god I can live with rather than encounter the real God.
3. How you feel when you don’t try to escape?
What does it feel like when you stop trying to escape?
I feel out of control. I hate this!
4. How has your brokenness opened the door to a new understanding of God?
Not knowing is a strangely good feeling. I feel in the presence of Someone real, not the product of my own mind. As Meister Eckhart said: “O God! Save me from god!”