July 21, 2008
Ben is just a real guy like you and me. Before being introduced to SFT Awareness, he was a hard working Tennessee man who was just trying to get by in life He served faithfully as an active leader at the religious body of which he was a part. However, something was missing from Ben’s life…. He was very unsettled. Turmoil pervaded in his life and he was carrying around a lot of emotional pain. Ben was depressed. Peace was lacking and he knew it. He sought it, but couldn’t find it. Like many, Ben was struggling with at least eight out of the top ten escape behaviors or addictions.
Fortunately, Ben believed in the power of prayer. He prayed to God to help him find peace in his life. This is where something great happened in Ben’s life. He was at a gas station in GA and noticed a man there whose presence radiated peace. He was curious and so he talked to the man. This man happened to also be from Tennessee and was none other than Ron Wilkins, the founder of SFT Awareness. Ben asked Ron how he acquired this peace. Since they didn’t live very far apart, Ron said, “Come see me in and I will show you.”
The rest is history as they say. Ben did go to see Ron. He too learned to have that peace that Ron possessed and that he had been seeking. He learned it through mastering the attitudes and skills Ron taught him in the SFT Awareness program. Because of the things that Ben learned in SFT Awareness, he became interested in a Bible study to learn more about the peace that Jesus provides. Ben was soon baptized and he began teaching others what he had been taught. Ron and David Pope guided Ben and let him discover the truth, “and for that I am indebted to them forever,” says Ben.
Ben will be quick to tell you that SFT turned his life around.The most beneficial things he learned were humility and reducing his pride (lowering the “me factor”) and compassion for others. These things can truly turn someone’s life around. Fortunately, though, SFT offers even more!
Ben admits that although he “knew of” Jesus before, he now “knows” Jesus since learning SFT. He did not understand the truth beforehand. Thankfully, He now has a close relationship with his Savior.
Since learning SFT Awareness five years ago, Ben now teaches SFT to others at the Concord Road church Christ and at a local construction company. But that’s not where he wants to keep SFT Awareness. Because of the peace that he has seen it provide for himself and others, Ben has a vision to see SFT spread across the United States and around the globe.
When asked what he would say to someone who was thinking about going through the SFT Awareness program, Ben stated, “Please do not pass the opportunity up. It will change your life.”
When asked what he would say to an individual or congregation that is considering supporting the SFT program, Ben also responded, “Please do not pass up this opportunity. Not only are there many within our own congregations who are hurting and blinded, but there are many in the denominational world who are blinded like I once was. Jesus tells us the harvest field is large and to go into all the world. SFT Awareness provides us a unique way to obey His command.”
July 9, 2008
All SFT students are asked to process their emotional pain events on paper. All it takes in the beginning is one processed event per week to master the attitudes and skills involed. However, sometimes students attempt to process without paper too soon. Processing without paper before a solid foundation has been established is a great injustice for the student. Read more