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Session 3

What to do when everyone has an opinion about group

Read: Psalm 25:1-15

Remember Stretch Armstrong? The box promises this gel-filled action figure can stretch up to four times his size. As kids in the 80s and 90s, Stretch made for hours of fun as we pulled his arms and legs in different directions to see how far they would go. But as an adult, the visual of being pulled apart hits a little too close to home. 

Every group leader experiences being pulled in different directions. Put a bunch of people together, and you’re bound to encounter differing opinions on everything from what to eat to how often you meet. 

When we’re feeling stretched — in our groups, in our homes, and in our jobs — Psalm 25 reminds us to let God direct our steps: 

“Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalm 25:4-5, NLT).

God always leads us in the right direction because He is the only one who always knows the right thing to do. He is never too busy for us, and He never runs out of compassion for us. Psalm 25:10 says God “leads with unfailing love and faithfulness.” There will never be a day when we ask God for help, and He says, “Seriously? Again?” 

Our Father in heaven loves us like a good dad loves his kids. He wants what’s best for us, and He takes joy in helping us find our way. When life tries to stretch us to our breaking point, we can turn to God and trust Him to show us the way (Psalm 25:14-15). 

Reflect: 

  • How often do you ask God for help when it comes to the decisions you make day to day? 
  • What is one thing you need God’s help with today? Take some time to ask God to show you the way. 

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