Learn to understand yourself

Learn to understand yourself

When we think about helping others, we rarely think about the importance of helping ourselves – it feels selfish and indulgent, says Ishbel Straker.

So how does it feel if I say that knowing yourself is even more important when helping others? “How can this be? What’s the relevance when I am supporting a grieving widow or when I am helping the couple whose marriage is in tatters,” you may be thinking. “Why is this the time to know oneself better?” One word… ‘trigger’.

The dictionary definition is to cause a strong emotional reaction of fear, shock, anger, or worry in someone, especially because they are made to remember something bad that has happened in the past.

When we are triggered, there are times we have no idea why, and it can feel like an unexpected blow.

This can lead us to act in a way we would not wish to, nor would have ever envisaged ourselves doing.

Hence the importance of understanding yourself!


Read the whole article in context in the April 2024 issue of Direction Magazine.

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Direction is the official monthly publication of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK, and is packed with all Elim's latest news, inspiration, vision and teaching. Find the latest edition and many back issues of Direction here.

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