My door response style

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2015

“God doesn’t demand perfect decisions, just perfectly submitted ones.”- Lysa TerKeurst

“Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”- Ephesians 4:5

John Ortberg complete his discussion of ways recognizing and going through open doors reveals and requires us to face the truth about ourselves in Chapter 7 of All the Places to Go.

3.  What is my door response style?  Pastor Ortberg states that our response tendencies to open doors fall into two broad categories- impulsives and resisters.  Both styles have strengths and weaknesses.


a.  love open doors

b.  tend to jump through open doors without thinking ahead or counting the cost

c.  great need is for discernment

d.  patron saint is Peter

e.  will want to lean into wisdom


a.  tend to focus on danger, risk, and inadequacy

b.  tend to shrink back

c.  great need is for courage

d.  prominent resister is Gideon

e.  need most what they least want- another challenge

4.  What do I really value?  John emphasizes that we’ll never know the truth about ourselves if we don’t have some people close to us who love us and are courageous.  They must be willing to face pain in our relationship in order to challenge us to grow.  John summarizes:

“God calls us to the adventure of the open door.  We are to go through these doors for the sake of others.  On the other side, we’ll discover the hard truth about ourselves, and that truth is not often flattering. . . . When we go, we find we’re not just entering new territory.  We’re becoming new people.”

Today’s question: What is your door response style?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The Jonah complex”

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Dave Henning


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