Is It Ok To Not Be Ok?
by Mark Bliese
I would guess a lot of would respond with a resounding “no”. However, I would guess that most of us don’t always feel ok, and each of us deeply desires the ability to be authentic and honest—being ok with not being ok. Most of us have been taught to show up “clean”—hiding what may really be going on in our hearts and minds—to appear to be ok. For many, this belief that I need to look ok goes as far back as our childhood, with beliefs that were likely reinforced by the church as they still are to this day. But isn’t it a refreshing joy when you find someone that is vulnerable and open? Aren’t you attracted to someone that is authentic and real? Don’t you feel closer to the person, knowing that they are being honest?
As I have struggled with sexual brokenness, idolatry, envy, and shame, it has been a yearning and necessity that I pursue people that I can be honest and open with. To know that even on my worst day, I am lavishly loved by Jesus and those that he has surrounded me with. Allowing others to be the hands and feet of Christ and to pour into my life, has allowed me to be the child of Christ that I am today. I have not had an easy journey—it has been one with a commitment to Christian counseling and various healing ministries where I could safely be accepted and “pushed” to keep seeking Jesus and his unending grace. I have found that at Fellowship!
At this point, if you’re saying, hey Mark, I want authenticity, I want to be real, I want to be in a safe environment where I can really share what is going on, then we have a wonderful opportunity for you to experience transformation through discipleship in a 12-step program. We are offering you an opportunity to be part of Re:generation where true healing takes place. Re:generation originated at Watermark Church in Dallas and has been in the pilot phase at Fellowship for over a year-and-a-half.
At Re:generation, we believe that anyone can experience new life and freedom by working through steps of healing and discipleship given to us by God through the Bible. All who are tired, broken, or hurting are invited to come to find freedom and transformation in Jesus Christ. By working through Biblical steps within an authentic community, people have found freedom from depression, fear, control, anger, substance abuse, codependency, pornography, eating disorders, emotional/physical abuse, same-sex attraction, obsessive thoughts, and many other personal struggles.
Participants complete daily assignments (15-30 min) as they work through a curriculum that is Gospel-centered and biblically sound. Each week, men and women gather together in “Big Group” for worship, testimonies, and teachings that are designed to encourage, inform and guide through the 12 steps. Immediately following “Big Group”, we break into small groups, which are gender-specific, to share what we are learning about God and about ourselves.
To find out more about and when you can jump in, click on the button below. We can’t wait to see you and be a part of your story!