Let God Prescribe... just lead with your experience!
Many of us feel really passionate about the joy of giving! It's easy to slip into "prescribing" what giving should or could look like for the people in our group based on our own previous experiences.
Keep an eye out for your own tangents, comments, or advice when it comes to people's experiences! Remember a few key things when you are deciding how to respond in a discussion...
1. Validate everyone's place on the journey
Every single step on a person's journey toward God is a miracle. And each step is something to celebrate! So no matter where someone is at with something, validate the place they're in - recognizing God's grace to get us to where we are propels us to move closer!
2. It's God's role to change people, not ours
Our job is to create a place in which people are safe to share. Sharing itself is an important process of people's growth and transformation! The best response to someone sharing is usually... thanks for sharing! Or... I've been there too! Or... I totally get that! Make sure it doesn't become an opportunity to comment, teach, or correct. Rather, let God continue to use what they're sharing to convict and transform. He really does do it!
3. Use what you hear in group to connect outside of group
When someone shares something that you know you want to hear more about, or inform them about, or even push on sometimes, the group discussion isn't the place to do it! One of the best responses ever to a comment that is confusing, off-base, or even just exciting, is to say afterward... "I'd love to get together sometime to hear more about that!" It's prioritizing relationship, it's letting them lead the way in sharing what they're comfortable with, and it paves the way for some incredible conversations and relationships.