The Big Picture is What Matters

Ancient Christian Wisdom

A central tenet of cognitive theory is that the meaning we assign to things, events, situations, and ambitions is what determine how emotionally invested we are in those aspects of our world. It shapes the quality of life and even more crucially the quality of our character. Therapy looks at the small picture of reactions to family stressors, work dissatisfaction, and other parts of life that we may respond to in less than helpful ways. Christianity always looks at the widest possible picture, even wider than this whole world and our entire life. And in that wider picture is our salvation. Again and again, saints throughout the ages emphasize this fundamental truth.

St Nazarius of Valaam 2For example, Elder Nazarius lived in the 18th century and became abbot of the Russian monastery Valaam during a period of great spiritual decline.  Through his example and holy life, Valaam experienced a spiritual renewal which led…

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About Joel

Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

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