I’m not a big fan of onions – when I chop them, they make my eyes water and sometimes they can have a really sharp odor & flavor. But they can serve as an interesting metaphor with some helpful thoughts. If you think about it, onions have many layers – you can keep peeling & peeling, ulimately finding that an onion may have up to 20 layers!
The layers of an onion are a little like our lives, with the first layer being what we say. The things that we say are very important & since I’ve had children, I’m more convinced of this than ever. Our words can give life, encouragment and be uplifting or they can be negative, discouraging and death oriented. So our words are important, but our words are often a reflection of what we think, which is another layer of the onion, so to speak.
Second layer – Have you ever thought about what you think about – a thought inventory? Many of our thoughts are about getting stuff done and general maintainence thinking (cooking, grocery lists, auto repair, etc). But we also think about many other things – conversations, what we think people think about us, priorities, time management, how we feel, reactions to various people & interactions, etc. What we let ourselves think about is very important because our thoughts affect our actions, words, decisions, etc.
But here’s the center of the onion: what we feed our hearts is what affects our thinking & ultimately our words & actions. So let me encourage you to take a few minutes to consider the things that you feed your thoughts, emotions & heart. What are the inputs that you allow in your life? Do these inputs give life? Are they uplifting? Are they truthful? Do they have genuine love? Our words are shaped by our thoughts which are shaped by the inputs we allow – so let’s chose these inputs with discernment, discretion, wisdom & love 🙂