And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:32


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Looking at Life from God's Perspective

The longer I walk with God, the more convinced I am that if I really want to grow in some area of my life, I need to make a commitment to renew my mind every time that issue comes up.

I did that with emotional eating five years ago. Bought a journal at the Christian bookstore and truth journaled every time I felt like eating outside my boundaries. I've done it with other things as well, and I'm currently doing it with writing.

Here's what my journal entry looked like today:

If life is about . . .
Writing is . . .
My perspective
Fun
Hard and not fun.
God’s perspective
Loving God and others
A way for me to love God and others
My perspective
Abiding in delightful experiences so I can have fun
Un-delightful and not fun
God’s perspective
Abiding in Him so I can grow
An opportunity to abide in Him and grow

For some reason, putting it in a chart form helped me to change my attitude about writing - at least for the next hour or so!

If you're struggling with not wanting to do something today, why don't you give this chart a try? Just replace "writing is . . . " with your own issue and see what happens.

Note: I just found two great blog posts on procrastination if you want to read more on this topic. The Gospel is the Cure for Do-It-My-Way Procrastination and The Gospel is the Cure for Dream Killing Procrastination. (And I hate to admit it, but I found them while I was procrastinating.) Here's another one: How to Sow in Tears.

2 comments:

Loren Pinilis said...

Barb, I commend your effort to constantly renew your mind. Discouragement comes in many forms, but we've got to keep pressing on. Keep your eyes on God and on the prize.
Thanks for the links, by the way!

Barb said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Loren. I think your site will help me a lot with time management and procrastination, plus I like the fact that you come at those two things from a biblical perspective.