Please read my first blog, “Reality: God and My Experiences”, prior to reading this one. This blog will focus on common, functional responses, both good and bad, regarding reality. I hope you like whiteboards!
The illustration above shows that one functions out of his experiences and how he thinks about his experiences, which then influences how he thinks about his experiences, and so forth. Whenever one operates out of this reality, then experiences and thinking become one’s determining purpose in life and/or ultimate reasons for both good and difficult things happening to them.
The illustration above shows that one functions as living in two realities. He then copes with his experiences and thinking by trying to think more about God (arrow right); then that thinking more about God will change his present experience and thinking (arrow left). Whenever one operates out of this, then how he thinks about his experiences and how he thinks about God determines how his life functions, back and forth.
The illustration above shows one functioning as living in one reality, where experiences, thinking and God are present. Notice that how one thinks about God is not ultimate. God present in your life is what is, prior to you ever responding to Him or away from him in thought or behavior! The Bible is God’s story of Him being a part of experiences.
In Conclusion, you never live in two realities. Your experiences matter and God matters. Even before you could have a thought about your experiences or God, God knew you in the womb (Psalm 139:13). Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you function as living more in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Illustration?
- What would it look like for you to function in reality?