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Our perspective on things

As I was driving home from work today it occurred to me how our past experiences shape our perspective today.  For instance, I was realizing how chilled I felt with the cool rainy day today.  Reality would say that the temperature was about 18 C.  Today, after recently experiencing hot 40 C days, today felt cool and damp.  If, however, we were to experience an 18 C day in March, we would find it to be balmy and warm!  While all of our experiences affect our responses to current and future events, it is often the most recent or the most significant which shape our perspective.

So often we (and I fully include myself in this) think that our perspective is reality.  Many times, we think it is not only reality for us, but reality and truth for everyone.  On the contrary.  As in the practical example above, our perspective can change completely over something as trivial as the temperature in a matter of weeks or months.

Consider how this might be true in other areas of our life as well.  I know for myself, that often my view of the sin in my life is coloured by the lens of what I see others doing around me.  In a society of increasingly blatant disregard for morality and for God’s Word, I end up looking not really too bad.  But when I compare myself (as God directs me to) to the perfect, sinless example of His son Jesus, suddenly my life is looking pretty wretched.

God requires us to look to the Truth of His Word to be the guide for our perspective.  As Jeremiah states in chapter 17:

7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

whose confidence is in him.

8 He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

10 “I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve.”

Our hearts are ultimately deceitful, we are quick to compare ourselves and easy to try to absolve ourselves of our sinful nature.  However, only Jesus can absolve us of our sin and it is only by looking to Him, by immersing ourselves in the Truth of God’s Word can we begin to get a right perspective on our life and our experiences.

Proverbs 3:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. [a]

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.

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Vote Ontario Fresh

It’s been years since I did any canning/preserving but I’d been thinking of reviving the tradition for a while and this weekend I set out to make some salsa.  It actually was less work than I remembered and the salsa is so, so much better than the store-bought variety.  I’ve already been into it myself and gave a jar away to my neighbours.

While only some of the fresh veggies came from my own garden (I didn’t have enough for the 3 batches I made), they were all fresh Ontario produce and I’m excited to be able to store some of this freshness for the winter ahead.

My success with this project has encouraged me and excited me to try some new endeavours in canning (as I mentioned, I have done salsa before, although not in years).  I’m determined to try to can peaches and pears this summer/fall especially as I realized that the canned ones I usually buy from the grocery store are imported from South Africa!  How truly ridiculous is it that we live a region that grows some of the best peaches and pears in the world and our grocery stores are importing them from the opposite side of the globe!

I recently watched the documentary “Food, Inc.” (which I would highly recommend) which has caused me to reflect again on my eating habits and the increasing complexity of where our food comes from.  It seems like we are in the process of forever losing the days when farmers and individuals produced food for themselves and their communities.  Instead we have allowed ourselves to embark upon a food production system that more closely resembles and industrial plant.

I’m glad to see a bit of a resurgence towards eating locally grown produce and shopping at farmer’s markets.  I wish the government was doing more to support this sustainable food system rather than the mass-production, mass-marketing of unhealthy, unethical, unsustainable options out there.

While it’s perhaps not manageable for any of us on a food budget to purchase locally food all the time, we can begin to make small changes in the choices we make and the food that we buy and eat.  As the documentary points out, every bite we take is our vote (for the type of food production system we want).  Are you happy with how you’ve been voting?

This weekend I spent considerable time considering the food I eat and choosing to not only eat locally grown produce but to prepare this myself to allow for this to be eaten through the year when it otherwise wouldn’t be available.  As a result, I am more conscious than ever about what that vote stands for, for my own health, for the environment, for the well-being of farmers and for my community.

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