Mable struggles with the fear of man. She is a people-pleaser, or what some call codependent. Her “functional theology” is more about performing for others than resting in Christ. She is exhausted and ready for your help because her life has fallen apart. She is a believer, but a sad one.
She met with her biblical counselor who accurately assessed that her primary issue was fear of man. The counselor started imploring her to think more about God’s opinion of her than other people’s, and that she should seek to please the Lord more than others.
This news was refreshing to Mable. She was tired of being controlled by others. Based on her counselor’s advice, she started reading two books, set aside time each day to journal and ratcheted up her prayer life.
With hope and expectation, Mable began her new life with God. Within two weeks she was frustrated and fearful. Her frustration was that she could not balance her life with these new spiritual disciplines. She was fearful because she felt as though God was displeased with her because she couldn’t manage it all.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).