Rise Above Normal

We want success, and we want it now. Our culture trains us to expect the C-suite job, the mountaintop resort, and the Insta-perfect life, and when we don’t have it immediately, something is wrong. Yet in reality, every achievement comes in the midst of discomfort. A meaningful relationship, real financial margin, or true connection with God—all of them happen when we’re willing to endure difficulty. Join Brian Tome as he talks about how God wants to help us develop the discipline it takes to reach true success.

Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Chaser–a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations. If this is your first time in a group, or your group has new members, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Two truths and a lie is always a good place to start.

  1. Rising above normal starts by leaving our comfort zones. What do you do when you want to zone out, relax, or get comfortable? Everyone share.

    Some follow up questions: Why do you think we look for comfort? Can a relationship be comfortable? Why? And what does that mean?

  2. We heard that “every advance in life comes from difficulty.” What do you think of this idea?

    Some follow up questions: How can pain or difficulty grow you? Have you ever experienced difficulty and still felt God’s presence? What happened, and how did you know?

  3. Brian talked about Four Disciplines that can help us overcome struggle and rise above normal. Which one resonated with you the most and why? As a refresher, here they are:

    Discipline of Definition - Define your reality. Discipline of Delay - Choose delayed gratification, and grow spiritually. Discipline of Departure - Take a step and do the dang thing. Discipline of Distraction - Put your focus on something other than the difficulty and the pain. (Like Jesus did.)

  4. If adversity grows us, and we never stop growing, chances are we’re struggling with something right now. What is something you’re facing?

    Some follow up questions: How is this experience growing you? If you could ask for specific prayer, how would you want someone to pray for you? (Hey group, this is a great time to pray for each other.)

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The Discipline of Definition is about defining your reality and where you are, with God, right now. A great way to do that is to take the Wayfinder. This week, go here and do it. Then, reach out to a friend (the kind who will tell you if you have food in your teeth) and talk through what you learn.

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Mar 23, 2019 58 mins 54 sec

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