Observation — a key to happiness

You can spot
A lot
That’s got
You stopped,
If you observe
Your thought patterns.

Our emotions often distort our perception. Truth stands on the solid foundation of reality, not on flimsy feelings. Believing that perception is reality makes truth a casualty.

If there’s no reality, there’s nothing to perception and our sense of perception is a mirage. Accurate perception involves the willingness to be aware of reality.

You’re an observer who can notice and perceive what’s happening in your external and internal environment. To neglect inner observation invites dysfunction. Notice how your thoughts, feelings, and desires are getting you off track.

Without courageously honest self-observation we all tend to stay stuck in the maze of our own opinions, feelings, and desires. The ability of self-observation atrophies when neglected. Then we can no longer clearly recognize what’s causing our pain, so we blindly blame.

The unobserved mind wanders into distraction, confusion, and affliction. Keep watch on your thinking. It’s been my observation that sometimes my observations are wrong.

Without courageous self-denial, our observations are stained by our opinions, feelings, and desires. Evaluation without observation is mostly inaccurate. When we perceive inaccurately, we self-deceive.

Deception is a figment of your imagination that’s detached from reality. Some people try to see things as they are, but many refuse to. As humans, it’s easy to prefer inaccurate perception instead of accurate perception.

Perceptions aren’t perfect. Opinions aren’t omnipotent. Feelings aren’t foolproof. Thoughts aren’t always true. Instant perception that avoids the process of investigation and discernment is often deceptive.

As humans we accept too much brainwashing and avoid too much heart cleansing. You can tell people to look, but that won’t make them see. People who believe that reality is irrelevant will continually crash in life.

Trying to get people to see what they don’t want to see is frustrating. Lying isn’t a failure of perception. It’s people refusing to acknowledge what they see. Denial attempts to alter the truth about a situation by pretending that it doesn’t exist. To say: “There’s no truth,” is the biggest lie, because all lies deny some truth, but that lie denies all truth.

Observe the outcome of your thoughts and actions. If you’re pleased with what they’re producing, keep them going. If not, stop them. When observation is replaced by distraction, life goes off course and we need discernment to get back on track.

As humans our observations can be accurate or inaccurate. Therefore, we need discernment, wisdom, and accountability to truth. To observe without discernment and watch without wisdom is to be brainwashed.

Perception matters. Changing people’s perception of what makes a life fully human, changes what people believe about which lives matter.

Your past is in your memory. Your future is in your making.

Socrates wasn't teasing.
Aristotle didn't toddle.
Plato wasn't playing.
Solomon wasn't out done.
Wisdom is never archaic.
Read theirs & be inspired!

When the revitalizing life of Christ is gushing through His followers, that’s true Christianity!

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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 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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