Take an audit of your personal world. It can be challenging and yet hopeful: what’s on the outside came from what’s on the inside. My personal environment is an externalization of everything that’s going on within.
Can you believe there are corporations that will send someone to the parking lot to look at the condition of your car’s interior while you are being interviewed for a position? They believe the inside of a car says something about the type of person they are considering to join their company.
If my personal environment is filled with clutter, it is revealing something about my interior state. Is there ever exterior clutter without clutter on the inside? Probably not.
Personal environment is about much more than just clutter. Everything about our personal environment is created from the inside out …
Let’s pull back to a very wide view and see how environment is changed on a meta scale.
Consider our first ancestors, Adam and Eve. They chose to go their own way. It meant their environment would change. Pretty drastically. They were banned from the Garden and banished to a difficult environment that would yield a limited increase with much difficulty.
When the Israelites pursued a rebellious, idolatrous lifestyle, their environment was altered. The rain stopped. Drought and famine persisted for 3 1/2 years. This continued until there was a breakthrough in the spiritual condition of the people.
What’s true on the macro scale is also true on the micro or personal scale. Our inner condition shapes and directs our outer condition.
It’s God’s Fault. Right?
When there is wickedness he changes the environment.Right?
No. Actually creation is coded with moral law and universal principles. It is designed to respond to the state of human beings. The Creator has our best interests at heart. Did God enjoy Adam and Eve leaving the Garden?
He has designed the created order so that it responds to us. It is in this sense that he changes our environment – negatively or positively.
Let’s not overlook this: in the Psalm 107 passage, the positive opposite is also set into motion. “He changes a wilderness into a pool of water …”
Adam and Eve, the Israelites, what we see in Psalm 107, as well as many other human experiences seen in the Scriptures and in life in general – it is all saying something to us.
Whether you’re a Christian believer or not, it becomes evident that our inner world affects the world around us. Secular psychology claims this as well.
What Is Your Personal Environment Saying to You?
Whether we’re consciously aware of it or not – whether we like it or not – we live from what’s invisible toward what’s visible.
Our internal state affects everything on the outside. How we think. Our emotions. Internal speak. What we believe or don’t believe. Positivity or negativity.
All of this and more directly affects our personal environment.
And we should think of our environment as not only the personal space in which we live and work. Our environment also includes who we’re with, our family, who we know, what we do, and what we hope to accomplish.
The takeaway for me is personal responsibility. And opportunity.
Here’s the good news – I am the most important part of seeing personal transformation. I can see a preferred future, I can utilize the power of my mind, I can steward what I give my affections to, and I can use the strength of a healthy will to journey forward with confidence.
Are you happy with your personal environment – physical space as well as relationships, what we do and so on …? Can you see things on the inside that need to change so that things on the outside will be transformed?
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