Remember the rule? If I want to know what godliness looks like—I just picture what I normally do and then godliness will, pretty much, be the opposite!
So what is my normal state of mindfulness? Well, not to be mindful at all! I let my focus drift to the future the past and everywhere else. If I manage to pull my focus to the present I tend to 1.take for granted the good/2. go round and round resenting the negative aspects/ 3. picture and long for my present reality to be something else:
WHAT DO I HAVE?
WHO IS IN MY LIFE?
WHAT CAN I DO?
WHO AM I?
I think that if only I had more–then I would be happy, then, when I get more, I am not happy because what I wanted is now what I have and I have trained my brain to take it for granted/resent it’s flaws/and wish for even more.
If only that person loved me or that one was my friend. These people I have are selfish ungrateful electronic addicts who suck me dry and return nothing etc. etc.
There is no point trying because I would just screw up everything. I can’t do this and I can’t do that and since I can’t what is the point of trying. What I could do wouldn’t change anything!
Look at me I am unlovable, I wish I was someone else.
What do I have? Let me savor it and thank God for it, take care of it, build it, invest in it and share it with others. Be CONTENT for such things as I have Hebrews 13:15
Who is in my life? Let me love on them and learn from them, enjoy them, be glad to see them and encourage them, and seek their best interest. LOVE (both phileo and agape)
What can I do? I can move my body members as servants to God according to a growing awareness of God’s principles in action and then delight in what God is able to make out of it. OBEDIENCE
Who am I? Let me delight in God’s design and craftsmanship and how it ministers to others and allows me to be a useful part of the body, rejoicing in the gifts of others. WORSHIP ( I would that everyone could be just like I but it is OK they can be them and didn’t God do a good job on them too!) I Corinthians 7; 7 11;1 II Corinthians 11;5 Acts 26;9
I look at reality with God’s eyes that see the good and the evil but do not resent, ie go round and round on the details. Then wIe seize the moment with God’s help.
Problems: I accept myself and God’s sovereignty when I can’t fix the problem. After all, no one gets away with sin or God would be mocked. I bless and minister to and pray for those who curse and use me. I set limits on the problem when I can and fix what God enables me to.
People: I love on them and learn from them and encourage them in the Lord and set limits when I need to.
Tasks: I grab them with all my might.
The I ask : IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE GOD WANTS ME TO DO ABOUT THIS SITUATION RIGHT NOW? If not, Lord help me let go and grab the next piece of life