Environment shapes you, or you shape your environment
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
So, at face value I agree with this quote from Stephen Covey. As I was thinking about the concept from psychology that says we are products of our environment, there are a variety of things that came flooding my mind. I will bullet these thoughts and then discuss a bit further.
- Our current environment is not our destination. Our problems, dilemmas, trials and tribulations are not our intended final destination. Failure is not a destination. Today is not our destination. Today and all the struggles should be viewed as “events” rather than “destinations.”
- Our circumstances or environment does not define us…unless we allow it. Sometimes, we are guilty by association. Sometimes, we are influenced to do things that we shouldn’t. Sometimes, we allow others to nurture our fleshly desires for sin and rebellion. Sometimes, we give in to the temptation around us. Sometimes we allow the environment to make us a product of it – and that is sinful. But we don’t have to let it be that way.
- Our decisions and repetition of those decisions define our character, our intimacy with God, our relationship with our spouse and children, our interaction in the workplace and even our thoughts and ideas.
- Over time these decisions then create a different environment for us and those around us. This happens for the worse, or for the better. (Prayerfully the latter).
Questions to ask ourselves
- What is my environment now at home, at work, when alone, when in the car, when nobody is looking?
- What things in my life today do I believe are a result from past environment(s)?
- Why do I keep blaming present failures or shortcomings on past failures that have already been covered under the blood of Christ?
- How can I position myself in a new environment? Read Psalm 91 (whole chapter) ; then read Psalm 1 (whole chapter)
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God has a plan for you! He has an environment of safety, protection, peace, provision and even success!
- You can change your environment right at this very moment.
- You can create and atmosphere that is direct defiance to the struggles that the enemy brings your way.
- Repent if necessary. Confess your sin to the Lord and turn to Him for His forgiveness.
- Welcome Him to bring peace, healing and direction to you for today’s issues.
- Seek God to restore broken relationships and broken situations.
- Worship changes the atmosphere around you.
- Worship welcomes deliverance.
- Worship focuses our spirit.
The next time you think about your environment consider all of these things. When the world is falling down around us, or when we are falling/failing into the world – remember that we have some simple decisions that can change our environment. Within moments we can begin to feel and experience the change necessary.
Soon, you and I will then be the environment shapers!
- Consider the home environment you create for your spouse.
- Consider the home environment you create for your children.
- Consider the environment people experience when they visit you. Is it the same as what your spouse and children would say happens when nobody is visiting?
- Make your house a place of worship, peace, love, nurture, growth, excellence, dignity, encouragement and more!
Written by: Rev. Jason Holland (Director of Operations)