Smiles to go before I sleep

I have smiles to go before I sleep.
And smiles to go before I sleep.

Negative emotions are often based on misperceptions. See better, feel better. Let the inner whisper of hopeful dreams grow into a loud cheer of encouragement.

Open hearts open hearts. Closed hearts cause hearts to run for cover. A handful of words that light the heart can ignite hope and delight.

Perception likes to tinker with reality and sometimes even dismiss it completely. Bias hardens the heart and entangles the mind, all the while telling us that we’re truth seekers.

Sometimes things don’t make sense to us because we’re using emotion instead of logic. Feelings often attack and hijack our thinking and then distract us from fact. Perception can be twisted and distorted, but reality always stays the same. Anger, hate, and panic aren’t helpful feelings.

When people disagree, they usually have much more in common than in dispute. Still, it’s easy to get lost in your own point of view and be alienated from aspects of truth. When anger is substituted for logic, understand, and kindness, hate begins to take over.

What you see (or perceive) is what you think is there, but it may be an illusion. It’s usually easier to believe whatever you like than to believe what’s right. Illusion-confusion & conspiracy-supremacy are major problems.

To coerce by force creates pain and oppression. To listen and understand brings healing. When people think things are worse than they really are, they blame, accuse, and panic.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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