Monthly Archives: December 2012

Importance of Perspective

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How difficult is it to step back and see the whole picture? Very! This picture explains it very well, so well that I won’t even spend time describing it.

Many people can have different opinions, and sometimes more than one is correct! But if we don’t step back and try to see the whole picture, we could be stuck in a rut attempting to prove our viewpoint only.

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Sin = like germs

1 John 1:7-9 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Galatians 5:19-21  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,  idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 32:1-5  How happy is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven, whose sin is pardoned! How happy is the one whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish, in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I refused to confess my sin, my whole body wasted away, while I groaned in pain all day long. For day and night you tormented me; you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. Then I confessed my sin; I no longer covered up my wrongdoing. I said, “I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.” And then you forgave my sins.

Psalm 51:1-4 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! Scrub away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin! For I am aware of my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin. Against you, especially you, I have sinned; I have done what is sinful in your sight. So you are just when you confront me; you are right when you condemn me.

Sin is like germs which are all around us. We need to be washed away from them, constantly, again and again. Germs travel from one place to another and are invisible. Washing hands with soap will eliminate the germs, but as soon as something else containing germs comes close, we get contaminated with them again. It’s a cycle. With sin, we can be cleansed by praying and asking God for forgiveness, but we live in a sinful world, we are sinful by nature, so we need to constantly be on the look out for exposure and contamination of sin.

 

Great video about germs planning attacks against humans. A few questions related to sin could be: what steps can we take to protect ourselves from sin that is waiting for us? What happens when we sin? What are our weapons against sin?

 

Video which shows how germs travel:

Watch from 1:00-4:25

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Wise Ants

“Go to the ant, you lazy man! Observe its ways and become wise.”

Proverbs 6:6

 

Video to watch to introduce the concept:

1-5 minutes, more if time allows.

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Life Balance

 

 

 

 

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The importance of a balanced life is often forgotten as something “important” takes over the day/week/month/etc. It isn’t easy to work on a job, think of the future, take time for family and that’s it. No, there ALSO needs to be time to take care of yourself, to spend some time on whatever hobbies you have, see friends, be involved in the community, AND feed your spiritual side.

When my life is going crazy and I feel overwhelmed, I need to sit down and look at this chart. After evaluating where my focus has been on, I will often find that while I’m spending so much time on a few of these categories, other categories are being ignored. I cannot function without a balance. Classic example: a few school deadlines are coming up and perhaps some event at church, like a fundraiser. I would spend so much time studying, preparing for the projects and putting in a lot of effort to bake delicious cookies, and then wonder why I’m irritable, frustrated with my husband, and feel out of control. Well, that’s easy! I wasn’t spending time nurturing the relationship with husband, I didn’t have time to exercise or eat right, I forgot to see the greater picture of what it is I’m doing, I didn’t spend time with God, and so on.

It doesn’t seem possible to do all of these things, let alone in one day, and I think that’s fine. There obviously doesn’t need to be the same amount of time allotted for each category. If I exercise for 15 minutes one day, that will suffice; I will feel so much better than not having any exercise at all. If I take some time to read one chapter out of Proverbs and reflect upon the words, I feel renewed. One of my hobbies is cooking: I could spend time with my husband cooking up something great and with that I would take care of two categories, a hobby, and family/relationships. The interesting thing about this chart and balance is that it could be something very meaningful and could encompass several categories all at once. For example, my husband and I help out with Sunday school together. By doing this, we are both participating in a religious community activity, we are spending time with colleagues, this is an interest for both of us, we discuss some future plans while we’re at it, and best of all, we are spending time together doing this: six categories right there!

A category most often neglected, in my opinion, is the self-care. But guess what? Something as simple as a 5 minute bubble bath will help out tremendously. The few minutes it takes to close your eyes, breathe, and just let your mind relax helps rejuvenate the mind so much, it’s funny that it isn’t done more often. I don’t have a job right now, but school can be my job, my Sunday school involvement can be my job; it could also be my hobby, which makes the balance happen much more naturally.

Quality time spent on each category of the wheel will help lead a balanced approach to life. Now all I have to do is remember that 😉

 

 

Image taken from: http://rugsestudentblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/balance-schmalance/

 

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