Thursday, 14 January 2016
P - Perspective
My One Word for 2016 is Choice and having chosen this word I am becoming more aware of the choices I am making on a daily basis. At the moment, more in retrospect. Like this morning, I considered my choices of yesterday (as opposed to waiting until everything crumbles to figure out that my choices have caused bad stuff to happen).
I considered that the choices I made led to how I feel this morning. This being more aware of my choices is giving me a different perspective on why I feel the way I do, or why a choice affects me positively or negatively. I think this is a good thing IF I learn from evaluating my choices and start to make different better choices.
I am also learning that sometimes a choice is not always a right or wrong choice, but maybe a better or worse one. Consider sugar for example. I have chosen since the beginning of the year not to knowingly have sugar. But last night I mulled over this and thought, "Why can't I have sugar in my tea when having tea is an event for me, you know, an exhale moment in the day?" And it dawned on me that having sugar is not a wrong thing (for me) but maybe its a better thing to NOT have it. The perspective I am seeing (finally) is that I need not be driven by guilt - "don't have sugar, its bad for you, its poison, its addictive, you'll get fat(ter)...." and to a degree it probably is! However, more important than the sugar I put in my tea, is what is in my heart! Am I anxious? Am I wallowing in unforgiveness? Do I need to bring my heart before the Lord for renewal? All these things are more important than whether or not I have sugar in my tea! Perspective!
So, perspective is important! It says the following in Luke 12 v 29-30: (29) And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to enquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind [unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense]; (30) for all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
What I saw when I read this is many diets out there are worldly and self-seeking. Don't get me wrong! I need to lose weight! But I am anxious and worry about food ALL THE TIME! That can't be right?! So I believe the Lord is telling me not to worry about what I eat so much because He knows I need to eat. I need to worry more about the condition of my heart. Now, this is not to say I am going to eat everything in sight. But it does mean I am trying to come to grips with a different healthier perspective on food so that it nourishes me and does not rule me. A good and better choice?
I am certainly learning that choice reflects my perspective and I hope that through considering my choices more thoroughly, my perspective becomes more balanced, more positive and more God-centred.