wisdom from sages (part three)

#3 Take a breath (pause) and criss-cross your realities.

This message comes straight-up out of the teachings and actions of Jesus and his apostles. 

It’s the idea that we recognize the other side of our circumstances.  It is the “when I am weak, then I am strong” understanding of life, and it is ultimately obtaining the right perspective on life.

I think a example of this comes from my own life a couple weeks ago.  I got pretty embarrassed in one of my classes because I just flat out didn’t know the answers to a SERIES of questions.  Now in the past I would have been a little upset the rest of the day.  But I had just learned this principle and had an opportunity to apply it.  

So instead of beating myself up for a lack of knowledge, I saw that lack of knowledge as an opportunity for me to completely depend on God for filling that knowledge and enabling me to study more efficiently (this is a lowly example).

See, this principle is not about denying the current reality of our situations but embracing them, and from there seeing them in light of how we are either in lack or surplus being filled or being humbled by God.

James says this, “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.”

It takes time to completely grasp this concept and I don’t claim to have it down.  I don’t even claim to be the best person to communicate this principle but read through Scripture and you will see this principle applied to life after life, to even the life of our Savior.

Alrighty,  this is the third and final post for “wisdom from sages”.  Also remember that I will NOT be blogging on Friday or Saturday but will be back on Sunday.

grace and peace.

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