On the day I originally wrote this article, I took note of the various themes represented on the National Post website for the day. What was reflected there was also being broadcast on the television news. I wonder whether there is any significance to the recurring events and attitudes being expressed and what the overall influence and impact these reports have on those who take it all in. Is this about the reporting of news, or is it about the development of attitudes and emotions that are conditioning the minds, responses and future actions of large numbers of people around the world? We are bombarded with information related to civil unrest and human tragedy in various parts of the world. On top of that we hear of world economic difficulties, murder, hatred among world peoples, political corruption and mismanagement, and many other areas designed to give you an unhealthy dose of negativity. You can take the time yourself to find the multiple instances recorded in each of these areas if you so desire. What is your overall response? Are you allowing yourself to be conditioned to feel powerless and hopeless? Are you developing a greater sense of fear, worry and discouragement? Are you becoming more frustrated and angry, noticing less contentment and peace in your life? Have your attitudes towards moral issues been affected and moulded towards greater political correctness and universal acceptance of “what is”?
Events and circumstances in your life, when they are being repeated over and over again, as reported in the media, will influence and impact how you think, feel, respond, speak and act until you acknowledge you alone are responsible for how you think and what you do. For example, no one can make you angry unless you allow them to. It is up to you to make the conscious choice to be aware of both the external and internal influences impacting your life at any given moment and then to decide what you will do and how you will respond or proceed.
It really would be a good idea to think about and assess how you are feeling about yourself, your relationship with others, and your relationship with God. To what degree are you operating out of fear, worry, frustration, anger, overload, tiredness or any other of the negative emotions of life? Then, it would also be worthwhile to ask about your levels of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and the other positive emotions of life. Having done that, are there things that may need to change in your life to bring you to the place where you become consciously aware of how you want to live out your life, thereby empowering you to follow through successfully?
It is time to stop living your life on autopilot with no thought to what is ready going on around you. My goal for this article is to help you become consciously aware of influences and powers affecting your life on a daily ongoing basis and to start you thinking and moving towards taking positive action to compensate against the negativity flowing your way. Only then will you be able to unleash your God given potential and fulfil His destiny for your life. I trust you can see the obvious – you will need God’s help to do this – right?