Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Joy post #1

I had a false start with these "joy" posts, and I deleted it.  Sorry if you had to read it.  :)

After doing more thinking on the topic, I've decided to start with highlighting one important aspect of joyful people--the difference between  self-awareness and self-focus.

I would propose that the joyful person has a steady and growing self awareness and an ever decreasing self focus.

So, let's define terms again.

The self awareness is the equivalent of taking a side glance of something through your peripheral vision and quickly summing up the contents.

The self focus is more like taking a direct, head on gaze at something and seeing nothing else.

So, let's go deeper into this.  We all have to live in our own bodies.  We have our thoughts, our desires, our plans, our dreams.  We are the only ones in there.  Somehow, we have to deal.  And everyone says, "more of Jesus--less of self"  but what does that mean?  Do we (however briefly) somehow forget that we're human beings?  for just an inkling of time.. can we transcend the earthly and just turn into this other state of being?

That sounds kind of strange to me.  God made us to have these bodies. Even if it were possible to completely escape the earthly, it sounds more like a miracle than a regular practice.  So, then, do we submit to every whim of bodily desires and emotional tendencies?  Are we subject to these things?  No.  that's not it either.  There's got to be more.

There's got to be a way to live in these bodies in a godly way-- in a joyful way--and neither neglect nor obsess over the earthly aspects of living.  So, with a little bit of contemplation, I have chosen the terms: self-awareness and self-focus.  Self awareness is giving the self the attention it needs to be a joyful being.  Self focus is an obsessive, unhealthy or sinful focus on self.

You may disagree with me on how I parse the pizza on this issue, but I think most people would embrace the general concepts.

So, with those definitions, let's get to the nitty gritty, shall we?  O.K. next post. nitty gritty--enough high brow already!


Lori Alexander said...

GREAT post! The song that comes to mind is "Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!" Amen!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Amen. It's all about where the focus is. Gaze at the Lord, glance at yourself ;D

The dB family said...

Oooooh, I am lovin' this! Love what Julie says too. Gaze at the Lord, glance at yourself. I'll have to refer back to this post to keep the definitions straight though. My remembery for this sort of thing is not so good these days.


Mrs. Parunak said...

Great thoughts! I love that break-down.