Do you have the courage to observe?

People who say, “I’m trying to find myself,” often do everything that they can to avoid self-observation. You can’t know yourself if you’re unwilling to honestly observe both your abilities and your faults. Life is full of obvious wake-up calls, but like shutting off an alarm, it’s easy to ignore them.

Observation is often exchanged for assumption. You can’t observe what you’re unwilling to notice. Blind indifference fails to observe much that is obvious.

Many people will ignore your observations, but that’s okay. Express them anyway.

When our observations are off base our analysis will be too. Unobserved details make your opinion inaccurate.

Beauty abounds, but unobserved beauty is always unappreciated. Creativity begins with observation. Freedom does too.

Two enlightening experiments:
1) Sit somewhere and observe your surroundings;
2) Sit with your eyes closed and observe your thoughts.

You don’t have to wander
To observe remarkable things
That are filled with amazement
And wonder.

Makes true observation
By us
Especially if we’re unaware
We’re bias.

Evaluation without extended observation is usually short sighted and inaccurate. Solid analysis requires honest surveillance. Emotional attachments cloud our observations of life and often lead us to inaccurate opinions.

Observe your thoughts, emotions and desires. Notice their impact. Embrace the helpful ones, resist the harmful ones. It’s easy to replace observation with recitation by stating what we feel instead of pursuing what’s real.

Uncomfortable truth is easily unnoticed and unobserved. For me, life goes better when I listen to my conscience for answers instead of trying to override it and create my own answers.

No matter how a church meets, if people don’t notice, observe, and interact with the living Jesus, it’s just running through religion. Run in the inner freedom that Jesus offers–freedom from bondage to our desires, thoughts, and emotions.

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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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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