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Present and Transform - Application #1
Sobriety of Self
In order to begin applying this kjv@Romans:12 personal attribute list to my life, I first need to step outside of myself for a moment to see how other people see me.
I know how I see myself, shy, introverted, self reliant, over analytical. I know that those who know me best see me in a slightly different but yet affectionate light. They are willing to overlook some of my short comings and elevate some of my strengths.
It is the viewpoint of the everyday associate or customer or new acquaintance or complete stranger that I want to explore in this first inventory. I need to ask myself how they see me.
Regardless of how I feel about myself, how do others feel about me.
Do I appear judgmental to others? Do I criticism them? Do I criticism others behind their back? Am I overly opinionated? Do they suspect that my opinion of myself higher than my opinion of them?
Sometimes Often Never
Do I appear to others to be analyzing my way through their problems real time? Do I appear to be preparing advice and wise counsel on the spot? Do I appear to be spouting an answer without fully considering problem?
Do I appear to others to have big plans for myself? Am I focused on the big goal to the exclusion of the daily inter-personal details? Could I make them feel that they being a distraction to me and my ambitions? Do appear not to include them in my plans?
I remember hearing my own voice recorded on tape the first time. The external sound minus the dampening and resonance of my head was very revealing. I could either go on from there believing that everybody else heard my voice the way that I did or I could except that there was a difference between the two thereby acknowledging, accepting, and to a certain sense accommodating the difference.
Conforming to who we've been all along is much the same; we do it because that is all that we know. Others upon become aware of the difference would criticize and reject it on whole.
God's mercy has purchased me by the blood of Jesus Christ. His intention is to set me along with all of His redeemed apart from this world, to make us a new creation.
Our Lord's frequent teaching on humility, meekness, brotherly love, servitude, obedience have direct meaning and purpose. Jesus was a living example of all these things, Him being the Son of God and rightful Lord of all creation no less, yet this He did for us.
Sobriety - Living the Sacrifice
The way that we think of and present ourselves to the Lord and to others in relation to our "soberness of self" is what is at question here.
Self seems to always get in the way of our better intentions. We intend to live the godly life. Let us strive to find the means of presenting ourselves as properly balancing our perceptions of self with our perceptions of others.
Here are some practical steps I can see. I open this up then for your comments and discussion. You are welcome to look through my scriptural notes and references.
- Go on a strict regime of:
Restrict intake of self, replace with healthy servings of assorted leafy group engagement. Avoid all forms of salty opinion and fatty critique and sugary problem solving. Slow down to savor direct moments of connecting to individuals within the group in order to purposely absorb and digest the essential nutrients of spiritual friendship, spiritual togetherness, spiritual being.
Set out first thing in the morning to strengthen the seldom used muscles of selflessness in measurable ways. Strive for balance and flexibility rather that brute force. Start lite, perhaps uplifting the needs of a neighbor or relative building up daily towards uplifting strangers and then larger groups. Pay particular attention to maintaining a selfless posture, use a trusted spotter when necessary. Review and chart progress before going to bed.
Remove harmful toxins, restricting backup, and narrowing/calcifying arterial buildup with increasing dosages of pure prayer, targeted scriptural study, repentance, forgiveness, and charity.
- Other activities:
- Scavenger Hunt