Healthy Habits of a Life of Faith
Week 3: September 24
Seeing from God's View Point
Last week we explored our original value and how it comes from our Creator. This week, we will look into seeing from God’s point of view rather than relying solely on our own perspective.
Our value system is largely affected based on whether it comes from a God-centered viewpoint or a self-centered viewpoint. Self-centeredness originates in our fallen nature; it centers everything on myself, causing my value system to be distorted. Even though we aspire to connect to our value from God’s viewpoint, we can easily get influenced by our environment. When we start to compare ourselves to others, we find ourselves doubting our intrinsic value as God’s son or daughter and being swayed by a more materialistic or humanistic view of value.
We make decisions in our lives based on our perceptions of our value; be it self-centered or God-centered. When we connect to a God-centered viewpoint, there is a peace, harmony, and confidence that comes from knowing I am created in God’s image. That I am loved, and that I have a unique and eternal value that doesn’t change and is not defined by what I do or don’t do. If our value is defined from a self-centered viewpoint, we often experience a cycle of doubting the value we have inside of us, and trying to fill that void in many different ways. This often results in low self-esteem as we underestimate ourselves and feel unworthy of love. We might feel a constant self-judgment, sense of failure, or find ourselves chasing after value in a conditional setting. This can increase our own insecurity and leaves us feeling more unhappy. As a parent, the saddest thing for God is when we don’t know how much He loves us.
In order to develop and strengthen our original value, we need to intentionally make the effort to change our perspective; it won’t change unless we make that effort. In whatever situation I find myself, it is my responsibility to seek and rely on God’s viewpoint, a process that requires humility and perseverance. True Parents have shown us the way to change our understanding and experience of our original value; changing it from external to internal, and from temporary to eternal. When I connect to this point of view, the confidence in my value as God’s son or daughter is strengthened.
- When your sense of value is challenged, how do you react? Do you find it difficult to connect to God's POV? why or why not?
- Can you think of an example where you connected to your unique value as God’s son or daughter?
On this week's call/meet up:
- Share thoughts on the "weekly inspiration" below and your experiences and tips on incorporating this week's faith habit into your daily life
- Share about other ares of life (school, faith, friends, family, work, etc) that you want support and encouragement in
“Centered on whom are we seeking our true self? We cannot search with a self-centered focus. Unless we focus on God as we search for our true self, we cannot return to the original position. This is why so many religions seek God. The religious path allows us to understand our relationship with God and how we should lead our life.” - TF, CSG Book 8 (088-064, 1976.07.18)
"We cannot foretell if all of us here will meet at the mouth of the river. We do not know if we all will reach the heart of the ocean. If you are faced with any power stronger than your own determination, what will you do? If you are faced with a power greater than your own strength or spirit, will you be absorbed and surrender? It is not easy to answer. " - TF, Challenge and Victory
“Nowadays people tend to be self-centered, thinking, "As long as I'm fine, everything is okay." But now is the time to discard egoism and share our love with everyone around us.” - TF CSG, Book 3 (29-114, 1970.02.25)
This week we invite you to think of a situation where you feel conflicted about seeing yourself and the situation from God’s view point vs. a self-centered viewpoint. Ask a close friend what they think God’s perspective is on this situation and the perspective you’re taking. How would that impact your approach to the situation?
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