Choices Challenge #6: Making the Choice to LOOK

Hopefully you were able to take some the choices we made together this past week and put them into practice over the weekend. I must say that these challenges have been easier to write than to execute on a consistent basis. So, if you feel like you are the only one having to remind yourself of the challenges all the time, you are not alone! Thank God for grace!!!! This week, maybe we should write these down on a post-it and put it on the back of our phones or write it on our hands as a closer reminder. Either way, it’s Monday so let’s jump right in feet first!!!

I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “Looking through rose-colored glasses”. If you haven’t, let me take a few moments to explain. This saying simply means that a person can only see the good they want to see and not what’s really happening right before their eyes. For example, a parent of a teenage could choose to believe that her child is just experiencing a small stint of hyper-activeness, rather than see the truth that their son is actually using speed on a regular basis. For the sake of this challenge we’ll call it the “Rose Glasses Syndrome”. Also known as denial in most parts of the world. An issue that can keep you in a numb state of mind for an extended period of time, creating a false reality.

For this reason, we are “Making the Choice to LOOK” today. And I mean really, LOOK and see what’s happening in and around us. This challenge is probably going to take you to places in your mind that you thought you didn’t have and may lead you to eliminate things that you thought weren’t harmful. For this challenge you are going to need paper, lots of prayer and probably a tissue or two depending on how deep you get.

Our main focus for today’s exercise is to look at our lives with and honest eye. We are going to think about our motives, our intentions and the things that we involve ourselves in day-to-day. “Because of the privilege and authority God had given me, I give each of you this warning. Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3. This scripture is crystal clear. No mystical talk here. Paul is keeping it straight forward as he writes theses instructions to the Christians of Rome. Before this he is giving other Christian life instructions, such as, “Being a living and holy sacrifice” and “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” (Romans 12:1-2).

As we take an honest LOOK at ourselves today, we are going to write down and pray about the parts we haven’t seen clearly. The parts that don’t look very much like the other instructions Paul has written throughout Romans 12. Be encouraged throughout this process my friends, because the grace and mercy of God is still fresh and available to cover and redeem those places that we have only experienced with the “Rose Glass Syndrome”. As we take the glasses off to look closely and honestly, allow Christ to make the necessary adjustments for healing and cleansing. Claim Davids song as your own today, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit in me.” Psalm 51:10

Good luck today peeps!!!                                                                                         “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:23.

-J.E. Berry

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