September 27, 2018

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you realized there is a “blind spot” in your life? In the last couple of days my blood pressure, which had become normal, suddenly was increasing and I could not figure out why.

I have been reading, writing and speaking on the power of your thoughts, beliefs, words and intentions and the importance of having them be in alignment with what God says in His Word. I have also addressed the value in eliminating fear which is a cause of doubt in your life.

This, at its basic root, is really about, who you listen to. In a meeting I recently chaired, I was told ahead of time by someone there was the potential for some difficult and challenging interpersonal hostility to take place. Having prayed for wisdom and God’s help, I did go into the meeting with a plan of approach. I suspect however I allowed the words of someone to get to me and cause some inner stress. Thus the elevated blood pressure.

It would have really been more advantageous to have followed my own advice in terms of who do I listen to and simply trusted in God’s help and my own years of experience that all would be well.

The reality is, all did go well. The group was able to move forward in a spirit of unity. As I was walking out the door one of the members of the group said to me, “This was a really good meeting, Thank you.” In that moment I recognized again, the importance of the training about who you listen to. I had allowed the negativity of one individual, who really was trying to “protect me” in a way, from simply moving forward in faith and trust in God’s ability to work in and through my life. With the event now in the past, my blood pressure has returned to normal on the day I am writing this.

As I was laying in bed later that evening the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 kept running through my mind. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. {6} Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”

Look for those blind spots and seek to deal with them before they impact your life any longer. You will be better off for having done so.

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