|ENLIGHTENMENT (photo courtesy of thecostariconews.com)
TODAY THE WORD is ENLIGHTENING. We can find the meaning of enlightening as: 1) give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation. 2) give (someone) spiritual knowledge or insight 3) shed light on (an object) with synonyms as: inform, tell, make aware, open someone’s eyes, notify, illuminate, apprise, brief, update, bring up to date (source Google). With this formal definition we can take it a step farther in our thought process. I see as a synonym “open someone’s eyes” and this brought this topic to light. We live in a world which is triggered to alter the truth in any given situation by each person’s interpretation whether it is reflective in politics, social media, religion, advertisement, etc. How many times have you watched a commercial and had to have whatever it was making your mouth water from expectation only to find it was mostly hype when the desired item wasn’t even close to what you expected.
I have covered the false expectations of beauty from all of the air brushed, photo shopped beautiful women and we normal, non airbrushed, and non photo shopped women are expected to compete with this image. But hold on, the miracle wrinkle removers, magic diets, fat removers, instant lifts are there for us to believe we are going to be just like those beauties in 10 days, right?? This is the time in life when we have to be enlightened; we have to deal with reality; we need knowledge; we need to be brought up to date; and we need to be illuminated with the truth. I somehow don’t have a problem with the truth. The human body and spirit are in a living process starting with little knowledge but strong and usually healthy bodies. As we live and grow; we gain knowledge and enlightenment in varied aspects according to our interests and education as well as life environments. However, at the same time we are gaining knowledge and experience; we are placing a lot of toil on our bodies. We expose ourselves to outside environments, lights, technology, microwaves, chemicals, additives, non healthy foods, medications, alcohol beverages (for some), and other contributing factors to the body downfall. With this will come health issues, wrinkles, weight gain, and lack of physical strength. When we see people of certain ages either dancing, weight lifting, running marathons, swimming, or exercising; we as average humans are intrigued by their abilities. Here is my deeper thought…Enlightening means apprising ourselves and accepting what we cannot change; change what we are capable of changing; opening our own eyes to reality and be comfortable in our own skin; and ask others who are capable to show us how to improve our lives and bodies; and get real with the fact; we are getting older. Enlighten life by enlightening ourselves with the best truth in this life, God’s Word and Promise.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
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