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Climate Change.

If you’re expecting some thoughts on climate change as it relates to the overall temperature of the planet and toxic gases, then this blog will disappoint.

I am using the word climate as describing the prevailing opinion or feeling, within a people group or locale.

Thoughts and feelings produce a climate that is both internal, within the mind and heart and external, within our contexts. I believe that this climate needs to be ‘barometered!’

A daily checking of this barometer of the climate within our hearts and minds is vital to every kind of health – spiritual, mental, emotional, relational and our potentiality and creativity.

The prevailing climate of our minds and hearts directly affects all aspects of our lives and interactions with others.

As a man thinks within his heart so shall he be. Proverbs 23:7.

The thoughts within our hearts directly affects who we be and all we do, attempt or will not attempt, flows from our being.

In a nutshell all doing or attempting flows out of who we be.

Who we be is built and sustained by prevailing thoughts, feelings and decision, we’ve internalised !

The climate within is directly influencing the atmosphere and weather without.

Ever experienced a feeling of deflation and elation when certain numbers come up on your phone.

Our bodies and emotions reacting to internalised thoughts, which affect our energy levels and attitudes.

I am reading a classic book about enthusiasm and how it is a vital part of wholeness and soundness of being when I come across a discipline of mind and heart the author called mental ventilation!

It fascinated and then resonated with me and I realised that I used to practice this discipline but had let it slip.

The core dynamics the author shared where of lumping and dropping those thoughts and feelings that like toxic gases affect our inner climate.

It reminds me of the truth of Proverbs 14:30 – a heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones!

Peace and envy are strong feelings and thoughts that give or take from us at the bones and body levels.

We cannot let enthusiasm in when the inner climate is being controlled by dark, gloomy and negative thoughts. Hate, prejudice, resentment, bitterness, cynicism will blanket our inner minds and hearts and we will have a greenhouse effect building within.

Is it time we ‘opened a window’ in our life?

Is it time to ventilate and change the climate?
In the book the author is struggling mentally and meets a man he knows who always seems to have a underlining enthusiasm but not the smiley annoying type!

He asks him how he manages this attitude and the answers he daily ventilates his mind.

His discipline, which was always before he went to sleep passed through three stages –

1. Recapitulation
2. Reviewing
3. Lumping

Through stage one the man briefly went over the unpleasant instances of the day: sharp words, insinuations or harsh or hostile acts said and done by others.

Stage two he reviewed his own mistakes, errors our stupidities. He then added any disappointments, frustrations and every form of unhappiness. Having lumped all these together, he dropped them from his mind. He let them go and let in fresh air!

This practice reminded me of two core passages that command disciples to ‘get rid’ of certain thoughts and emotions. Eph 4:31 & Col 3:8

Through this discipline of mental lumping and dropping I would add something – forgiveness.

The daily practice of forgiving others and myself is vital to all aspects and levels of health.

The English are obsessed with the weather.
This Englishman isn’t.
I am a ‘disciplined barometer checker of the climate within!’

I daily open a window because I do not desire an inner greenhouse climate!

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2p’s + 2f’s = w!

The opposite of focus is distraction.
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At the heart of focus is centering our attention on an interest or activity.  Pay attention, be attentive are mentioned 84 times in the Bible.
To blend or amalgamate into a whole, through heat.  Central to fusing is intensity, which is about concentration and application, all directed to a single point.  F
These two words and their dynamics, leapt out from the pages of a book I am reading about expectation.  Here’s the full quote –
 “His personality began to focus, his powers to fuse.” 1
These two p words; personality and powers, needed the two f words, focus and fuse.  All that was left after combining personality,all that I am, with all the abilities I have been given: powers; was the discipline of concentration and application.
The Bible has one word  for this: wholehearted!
If I am to achieve the desires of the Father, see them realised and become realities in the earth, I have to become wholehearted.  I have to give all of me, to the thought through process  He has put in place.  When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, He gave the team a formula; the Lord’s Prayer and in so doing defined the primary request of our prayers – your kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven.
The realities, resources and reign of God, entering and transforming our ‘earthly contexts.’
We are the channels He has chosen, through which His rule, resources and realities, are released into the earth. And wholeheartedness, which is essential to all achieving,  is what is needed, if we are to see and experience the  3R’d of the kingdom of God!
It is the committed and wholehearted, who are changing the world, whether they are doing it for good or bad!
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Many years ago an apprentice trapeze artist found himself looking across at the swinging trapeze he had to catch.  The trouble was, he had to let go of the one he was holding!  His teacher shouted some advice –
“Throw your heart over the bar, the rest will of you will follow!”
The teacher was saying – be wholehearted, put your heart into it, otherwise you will not achieve it!  How many times have we known that our hearts have not really been into what our time and hands have given themselves to.  Frankly, there’s nothing more frustrating than being with someone whose heart is not into the task!
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Wholeheartedness can reveal itself in many ways: drivenness, passion, intensity, confidence, surety, enthusiasm.   In England these traits are often looked on with suspicion; the stuff of the overly emotional but wholeheartedness is about passions and powers being directed to a single point, through the individuals personality.
Wholehearted people do move us because there’s an electricity, an energy to them, therefore we should expect to be jolted!
One of the difficulties with wholeheartedness is the matter of what that particular heart is after.  What it desires. What has it set its heart on?
It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. Gal 4:18
Is what we desire from our ego, or is it Father saying “here you go!”  I want you to have this or do this for me!
This verse also reminds the reader that being zealous, which is not viewed as being positive culturally, needs to be a lifestyle choice, not a decision when certain people are around, who we’re seeking to impress!
The Father has placed within His sons and daughters hearts, His desires and He longs for us to known them and become wholehearted about and towards them.  This is strong but Father hates indifference, in all its forms!  Jesus said I’d rather you be cold than lukewarm.  See Rev 3:16
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Father designed us to live wholeheartedly, for a good purpose He’s created and prepared for us, and living wholeheartedly is far better than being indifferent.  That’s a real slow killer!
So we need to know what He wants us to give ourselves to.  Ask Him and also listen to what makes you come alive and what makes you angry because His potential within us is meant to solve a problem we keep encountering also bring us pleasure. After all, we are called according to His pleasure and His will. Eph 1:5
Then we make the decision to focus and fuse our personality and powers on that which He is revealing to us.  We then have to change ourselves accordingly, which may include developing dormant skills within us and then live by faith and expectancy, that His empowering grace is going to get the job done through you.  Expect. Expect. Expect.
Then to paraphrase Vincent Peale, we need say these truths out loud everyday and throughout the day,  and also meditate them into our hearts   –
I believe that God gives me the power to attain what He’s brought to my heart and mind.  I expect the best and with God’s help I will attain the best! 2
1&2 Power of positive thinking pgs 94 &109
pg 94 The power of positive thinking Norman Vincent Peale.
pg 104 The power of positive thinking Norman Vincent Peale.