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Introduction: As you travel the path of life, you form relationships, build families, earn money, develop careers, and make many other decisions. You make decisions to live life a specific way. You have to choose your direction. You can't stay in one place but you have to continue moving forward through life. Everyone has a worldview of life. A worldview is a collection of beliefs about life, an overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. It is a way of thinking about truth and reality that sums up the basic conclusions about life and meaning that a person uses to make decisions and to live by. So what is your worldview? What do you value? A common saying is "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
Life is meant to be lived with a sense of profound significance and deep fulfillment. Society today offers us a shallow and complicated way of life that leaves people unfulfilled and hollow. Someone once said, "Life is like a game. It is moving toward a goal and it has an object. Life is not just a series of random activities. It has rules to follow and a strategy to apply." A popular manuscript read in the Middle Ages was an allegory that compared life to a game of chess. The anonymous author wrote, "Wherefore play the game of life warily, for your opponent is full of subtlety, and take abundant thought over your moves for the stake is your soul."
I. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE REALITY?
A. TRUE REALITY VS PERCEIVED REALITY OF LIFE
1. True reality is the state of things as they actually exist, whereas perceived reality is how we interpret true reality based on our own understanding, desires, and experiences.
a. Perceived reality forms our grid through which we view life.
b. Things that form our perceived reality grid: poverty, brokenness, childhood problems, health problems, rejection, successes, failures.
2. Life is meant to be lived with a sense of profound si ...
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