by Joe Donaldson, 2021 President CCNI
As followers of Jesus, we highly value the truth. Indeed, it was Jesus himself who declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” In part, truth defines who Jesus is!
Our daily conversation as men and women, parents, friends, colleagues, etc., should be marked by truth. Certainly, we will express opinions or our point of view, but care should be taken when we pass along information or “facts” as if they are true without first verifying their claim. We see this in social media or on cable news outlets. Statements and claims are often made without actual verifiable support. At times it can be challenging to wade through all of the information and comments in our search for the truth!
We may also see this in our coaching. A client may be convinced their internal story, or their perception of events and circumstances is true. How will you help your client consider a new way of looking at those things? To challenge their perceived “truth” for actual truth? Even now, what questions might you ask a client who appears stuck in a false narrative – the, “I could never,” or “I always,” or “No one would ever” statements? As a coach whose faith is grounded in the person and truth of Jesus, how might your faith show up to create a greater awareness of the truth by your client? And if your client is also a follower of Jesus, how might you partner with them to consider ways in which their faith informs their search for the truth in their situation?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3.18
Let us be keepers and tellers of the truth because truth matters!