Kathy was a rehabilitation therapist. After receiving a life-changing diagnosis, she felt a spiritual call to share life's journey in Hubs.
I Choose To Envision
Choosing a word for the year is a bit of a trend. If you didn't know that, well, you do now. The truth is, I like it. I appreciate trying to hone my focus while launching into the new year. My choice word for this year is - Envision!
I'm new to the practice of choosing a word at the starting gate of a new year. The past year has had its remarkable highs and lows. There have been beautiful celebrations and heartbreaking losses. Regardless of the patience of our world, there remains an undercurrent of trepidation. The ongoing events with their continual attack smolder, leaving destruction in its wake. But what if we start to envision a new beginning?
Why I chose ENVISION is because it is a hopeful action word! To envision something is to imagine the future possibility of it happening. Imagine a collective force in action. The work of creating a new vision requires hope and faith that all things, when honing our focus collectively, qualify for positive progress.
To focus on such a view can be daunting when in the wake of uncertainty. I completely understand that feeling of moving forward only to have the wind knocked out of you! I, too, know how it feels to get pushed back to simmer in the pain of stagnancy.
Nobody wants to scale a wall without finally making it through to the other side. It begins to feel futile even to attempt. But, there is ample room for division when we navigate the unknowns with closed-off isolated posses revolving around re-shared fact or opinion. What if, instead, we take time to listen to one another, respect where someone is coming from, allow for an understanding of their experiences, whether we agree or not, and envision new possibilities together.
Get a Closer Look
We often start out judging a situation from a distance, never taking time to have a conversation without a premeditated rebuttal. You know we all do it! Trust me; it's a learned behavior created by divisions in our media, political discourse, and defensiveness as we express our personal experiences. It's confusing to find truth in this messy mosaic of life. Each unique stone or rough-edged piece has a perfect placement in forming a new picture.
I am quite frankly tired of the negative attitude we occasionally display, myself included. Often we result in anger, especially when it's hard to find solutions. Sometimes, grown-ups act like little children disrupting the puzzle because they don't understand how it fits all the intricacies. However, a child at least explores trying to understand how the parts work together—always seeking to learn and make it into something functional. We cheer them on, set boundaries, and explore with them. We explain what works and what may not while learning from their innocence. Why do we stop giving that same grace to one another as we grow up? Perhaps if we take a step back and love one another like the children of God that we are, well, maybe we can envision a new start.
Trust me, the claw marks on our flesh from real-life hurts; I get it! I know this continual quest for answers can make you want to throw your hands up.
When we meet our limits, it is hard to move forward. During these times, succumbing to a world of despair makes sense. But, don't do it! Stop, breathe, and envision! This life is not all there is; what comes next is worth the effort. Sharing that hope of our future is essential, and equally crucial is reflecting the light that guides us there.
I know we are all going to need a lift, a hug, a minute to breathe. There is such importance in recognizing the miracles in the messes. They are there if we seek to unveil them. Especially in the storms, we see people pull together as a team. Why do we lose that in the clearing of the rain?
The external attacks will indeed scratch, causing severe wounds. Even a single grain of sand can cause a severe abrasion to our vision. The tiniest particles of pain can rot and cause weeds to snuff out the seedlings of new growth. But when we come together, we move forward.
Imagine our world if we start to envision and put into action proper nurturance with the fruits of the Spirit. - "Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Regardless of the onslaught of attack, we can choose to better water our gardens of faith and hope. The world will have trouble, yet we can take heart in the one who overcame the world, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
In the final courtroom, there will be a question. Did you even know Me? If our answer is an emphatic yes! Then, did we do our best to shine like Christ for others to draw closer to an understanding of the way, the truth, and the life? Trust me, I get the slips and falls from grace. We can always rest in the fact that God's grace is enough, even when feeling like a slug in the mud. God is making a path and wiping the tears in preparations for joy.
Will You Try To Envision With Me?
It is understandable to have a clouded view when going through the fog of this world. To envision, we aim our focus on the promise of what comes next. We may grow weary and mess up while experiencing challenges; even joyous seasons can bring some stress. The truth is we struggle in life situations that often dictate reactionary responses. Understanding and forgiveness are essential because we are human, and while it is easier to argue, banter, lose hope, and quit. Where does that get us? Instead, envision a world of brilliance and the promise of an eternal future in perfect peace. Imagine a world wherein the struggle; we would have others share accountancy of getting back on track, fortifying people to use the Fruits of The Spirit, with the greatest being Love.
Now, there is no need to get caught up with the presentation of perfection, always doing and getting it right is a divider in and of itself. True, we all slip into that lane on occasion, but not one of us here on earth is all that. We all need a little nudge to look in the mirror and get an honest look at ourselves! Humble reality allows for vulnerability and an openness to discussion.
When a baby is tiny, we say, you are so big! They respond with open arms and a giggle. We are all on a journey of learning, stretching, and growing. Some days we will teach, experience joy, grow and even get it somewhat right. We will swallow our pride, expand the tunnel vision, cry in pain, and slip up on other days. Allowing ourselves to experience joy and pain in the stretch is part of imagining the possibilities as a community.
No matter what the world throws at us, let's keep envisioning. We need to reboot. Listen to another point of view. Explore options for new ideas. Allowing for differences while accepting understanding generally comes from experiencing life from different perspectives.
Our unique talents can be complicated but fruitful when pouring into another with the fruits of the Spirit. Hold on tight to faith, even if it is the smallest of mustard seeds. Human beings have an innate depth that ultimately responds with support and solution. That deep-rooted Christlike Love does not quickly shake loose, even on the darkest of days. Look around; someone is fueling your flame, waiting for it to ignite into action. Will you embrace my word for the year and envision with me? Leaping toward our future, I imagine a multitude of possibilities. If we open our minds and hearts, believe it!
I know we can be brilliant! It sure beats the alternative of futile anger and stagnancy. Jireh, You are enough in every circumstance, always ENVISION!
Jireh - You Are Enough
© 2022 Kathy Henderson