So just what is LifeMapping®?
In the days that follow, I’ll drop in blogs that highlight this counseling and coaching tool I created years ago that can help you do three things. Deal honestly and positively with their past; take a hard look at the present; and get a clear plan for the future.
While there are several “steps” in LifeMapping® that help someone look back over their life story – just realizing your story IS a part of God’s story is one of the best things it does! And in part, that insight comes because LifeMapping® helps you more clearly see your STRENGTHS...
LifeMapping® is a strengths-based, future-oriented process.
“’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’” (Jer. 29:11).
Those encouraging words from the prophet Jeremiah to a group of struggling exiles illustrate a key aspect of LifeMapping. Namely, Lifemapping® is a solution-oriented process that seeks to uncover a person’s God-given strengths.
For example, that’s the very thing that helped Brian and Susan swerve away from divorce and begin the work of rebuilding a shattered relationship.The first day they came in to my office counseling, their cupboards were fresh out of options, and every shelf was clean out of hope. You’d ask them, “So what’s a strengths do you feel you have as a couple?” And they’d look at you like you were speaking French (and they didn’t). They couldn't (and wouldn't) come up with one thing God has built into their life - or life story together - that was a strength.
That's common for anyone going through challenges and changes. What jumps to the front of the line when we look back on our past are the NEGATIVES in most cases. But take a lesson from how Jesus challenged a church that had fallen away to make a change. He did so reminding them to look at their STRENGTHS, not just their weaknesses!
In Revelation 2, Jesus tells this group of people, “Remember, then from where you’ve fallen…” And you DON’T fall from low places. (No matter what the country song says). The Church at Ephesis had done a great many things well. In fact, Jesus praises them 7 times before He corrects them and calls them back to Himself. But they, like us, don’t tend to see any of the positive pictures when things are tough!
LifeMapping® is a way of honestly looking at all the important pictures of our past. Not just the negative ones that drain us of life and energy. But also the pictures of strengths He’s build into our life and story.
More on how we use this tool to help you highlight your strengths, and move towards the special future He has for you, in the next blog on LifeMapping®…
Posted on Fri, March 1, 2013
by John Trent filed under