Saturday, 18 September 2010

Glory Circle - Bright Idea

A few days ago I was discussing Godly priorities in relation to Solomon building the temple before he built his palace (1st Kings chapters 6 & 7) as well as 1st Corinthians 10 verse 31 (whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God).
During this conversation I came up with the concept of a Glory Circle - I know it sounds a bit odd but it's essentially the opposite of a Vicious Circle.

I know a lot about Vicious Circles as I'm particularly talented at ending up in them - for those who don't know what they are they can also be referred to as a 'Catch 22'.
Two definitions I've found describe it as:
- one trouble that leads to another that aggravates the first
- a downward spiral of negative feedback where a trigger event starts a sequence of effects which continue to make the situation worse

An example of this is comfort eating because you feel fat – you feel unhappy so you eat to comfort yourself, eating makes you put on weight which make you unhappy which makes you eat more etc etc.

It’s it a Christian’s primary objective to Glorify God in all that they do (see 1 Cor. 10:31 above). We can’t do this on our own strength - we need God to help us.
The theory is, if we spend more time with God he will be glorified with our use of time and the more time we spend with him, the more he will change us to be more like Jesus which will also glorify him. If we are more like Jesus we will do things more like Jesus would do them and have a better, Godlier attitude to these things – again this glorifies God. Also, if we’re doing things like Jesus did this will include spending time with God and so the cycle starts again.

In the same way that vicious circles are easy (for me at least) to get into and difficult (and in some cases impossible) to get out of, Glory Circles are hard to get into (you need to make it a routine) and extremely easy to get out of (by simply skipping or forgetting part of the routine a couple of times).
They therefore require a lot of effort but as with any aspect of the Christian faith – the extra effort is worth it. I have keep coming back to this point, it's such a basic truth that goes against the ‘life is better when it’s easier’ ethos that the secular world promotes.