Hey, I don’t know if any of you saw the really funny post that I had up for a couple of hours last night with the SNL clip of “Debbie Downer” on it, but I decided to take it off of the site. I had downloaded the video from Google Video, and it looked great, but I forgot that downloaded vids link up to other clips from their host site, and I wasn’t sure what the clip that I put on the page might potentially lead to. I didn’t want to worry about the possibility of inadvertently posting something inappropriate, so I went the safe route and just removed it. It's a very funny clip, though (it's the one where the family is at Disney World), and it's easy to find online.
But the point of the article was about choosing the positive over the negative...going the Joshua and Caleb route, instead of taking the path of the 10 negative spies. All twelve of them were telling the truth about what they saw in Canaan, but they had different realities because they all had different perceptions.
I explored this concept in my book 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things (the book that they interviewed me about on Streaming Faith last week). Dr. Mark Chironna wrote the preface to the book, and it has a really cool workbook that accompanies it which several churches have used (and are currently using) to teach their congregations about vison and perception and creating reality. Even a church in Uganda that is doing great work in the area of AIDS prevention just started using it, which I'm really excited about.
I'll probably touch on some of this subject today in our service at CITN (as I did last week) while I finish up the series on "The Jacob Principle". If you'd like to hear it but don't live in the area, you can stream the service live at 10:00 AM EST. Just log onto www.churchinthenow.org and follow the instructions.
Is the glass half-empty? Yes, it is. Is the glass half-full? Yes it is. Parallel realities can and do exist...which one do you see for your life?