Sometimes seeing things clearly can be too painful. Although the blurred vision technique worked for me that day, in life we need to face our issues clearly to make true progress. This is often not as easy as it sounds. When I would do substance abuse counselling with my clients we talked a lot about denial when it comes to our problems. Denial can be broken down to “Don’t – Even - Notice - I – Am – Lying.” Sometimes we become too comfortable with looking the other way pretending issues don’t exist in our lives. That can only continue for so long without consequences as eventually important issues need to be addressed. I would often see this with alcoholic clients who had convinced themselves that becoming social drinkers was their goal. The thought of giving alcohol up altogether was just too painful for them, so only drinking "socially" was a nice compromise or so they thought! A recipe for disaster is more like it, but that is something they have to come to realize on their own to truly overcome.
Every day is a new day. A new beginning awaits for us each day. What do your eyes see as your strengths and your struggles? We all have them. What can you start today to activate change in your life and initiate positive steps? For each one of us it is different. In church today we were challenged to take care of our physical bodies. This is an area I know I need to work on and I am hoping to make some improvements on this summer.
Well the summer is upon me and I can see clearly the school year I have left behind. It is good to do some honest reflection with no blurred vision. I am both ready for a change and a rest, yet grateful for all the positive things that have taken place. Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact me on Facebook about what you are working on. I would love to pray with you or cheer you on to victory!
~ Until next time,
Romans 12: 1-2 (The Message Bible) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Little Lesson Learned: Looking closely at a situation that needs changing can be scary, but it is the first step to positive change.
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