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Give Yourself The The Gift of Awareness

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What do you see when you look at this photo?  Do you see a tree and the clear blue sky in the background, or do you see a beautiful butterfly with sky blue coloring in it’s wings to camouflage it from predators?   What about the unopened flower buds and seedpods?  Just a quick glance might not reveal all that is in this photo, it takes intentional awareness to see all the elements.

 

Many people go through life with just a quick glance and cursory awareness of their environment.  Constantly rushing through life has changed how we live – rarely making eye contact with others or making time to really listen to what they have to say.  How often do you hear the first part of what someone is saying and immediately assume you know the rest of what they are going to say, allowing yourself to checkout mentally?  Experience has a way of teaching us that often we make wrong assumptions or miss important details.   A great way to really connect with others, and ourselves, is to allow our natural curiosity to serve us by asking questions.

Sadly many people today are overbooked, overtired and overstressed.  Quiet time to ponder life doesn’t seem to be part of the daily process.  Modern technology has caused society to become more distracted and disconnected and lacking real deep meaningful connection with others and our own selves.  In the busyness of life we are often guilty of not giving people our full attention at one time or another.  Awareness is key in sorting through the maze of our own thoughts and feelings and there is often much to learn, but it requires an intentional slowing down to think through them and ask the right questions.

Give yourself the time and space to listen to your gut, and examine what it’s telling you.  Why don’t you believe what that person just said?  What was it about that situation that made you uncomfortable?  Was it their words or their body language that gave you a warning or a nudge toward action?  Or are you reacting to something in your past that has no connection to what is taking place in the present circumstance?  It is important to focus and really look at people because giving them your full attention is crucial to really being aware and discerning what exactly it is that you are picking up or “sensing”.

Cultivating awareness is about being fully present in the activities of your day.  It is about learning to discern right from wrong within your own heart and being sensitive to conviction, instruction and wisdom in order to grow into the person that you have truly been created to be.  Allow yourself the space and quiet time to ponder your day and interactions.  Really think through the experiences, thoughts and feelings that impacted you.

Spiritual Perspective: For Biblical awareness focus on the prayer in Ephesians 1:17 – 19.  This prayer is about your growth, faith and inheritance in Jesus, and as such there is a very practical application for this as part of your daily life.  Pray through this prayer and personalize it by exchanging the words “you” for “me” or “my” and believe for the reality of this to become abundantly clear to you.  Live with the expectancy that God will make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally.  That He will cause your eyes to be focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do.  Know that you will be able to grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life God has for you.  And trust that He will give you endless energy and boundless strength! (Excerpt from The Message*)

Rest assured that it is God’s will for you to be aware of and understand your life purpose so you can life it out. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s not too late to invest in yourself so you can live the life you were designed to live and I would love to help you get started ­­– find out how now!

Truth For Your Life:  What have you learned by slowing down and focusing on the present moment?  How has your curiosity served to make you more aware?  Have you been able to make changes in your life by becoming more aware?

*Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson.

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4 Responses to Give Yourself The The Gift of Awareness
  1. Lee Wise
    November 27, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Great article. As is so much of life, I see awareness as a choice… but a choice often neglected. Sometimes I find it very helpful to simply "invite Jesus in." i.e. simply take the time — or quality moment – to invite Him into everything the moment and, therefore, the day's moments.

    Also, choosing to stop long enough to truly listen to someone, enjoy a sight, capture a moment, and of course reflect in prayer back to the Lord during the process.

    Of course, taking advantage of an article like this helps to remember to "get back at it" in terms of doing these types of things is a help: thanks, Bridget.

    All the best to you and those you love,

    Lee

    • Bridget Haymond
      November 27, 2010 | 3:05 pm

      Great thoughts Lee – thanks for sharing!

  2. Joan C. Webb
    November 18, 2010 | 2:50 am

    The Gift of Awareness. Thanks for this blog, Bridget. I love your reference to Eph. 1:17-19 and you're encouragement to pray God's words for ourselves. I've prayed the words/message of Eph. 1:17-19 for myself and those I love for years. God is in the continual process of responding to that expectant prayer.

    • Bridget Haymond
      November 18, 2010 | 10:40 am

      That’s right, there is nothing more empowering than agreeing with God’s word to be realized in our lives. And God is faithful to answer those prayers!

      Thanks for stopping by Joan.