Noun: 1. the available facts, circumstances, etc. supporting or otherwise a belief, proposition etc. or indicating whether or not a thing is true or valid. 2. Law: information used to establish facts in a legal investigation or admissible as testimony in a law court. 3. a sign or indication.
Verb: be evidence of; demonstrate
Student's Oxford Canadian Dictionary
Here are three things you should know about evidence:
- It never hides. Indeed, it cannot hide.
- It has a long shelf life.
- It speaks for itself – clearly and loudly.
- It signals the way to and through change.
Well . . . we all do three things with evidence:
- Deny it.
- Ignore it.
- Pay attention.
I realized this week how little weight I give to all the evidence of positive change and movement in my life:
weight loss, healthy eating habits, water drinking, daily workouts (yes – daily!), keeping in touch with family, organizing my office and keeping it that way, fresh assignments from new editors at Christianity Today, regular prayer times with my son or by myself, consistent Bible reading times . . .
I don't pay attention to any of that. I so quickly focus on what's left to do:
90 more pounds to lose, more water to drink, more fruits to cut up and eat, messy closets to clean out, backed-up assignments to finish, tedious work to do, more salary to earn because my husband's still finishing school . . .
For close on 30 years I've defined myself by what I haven't done and don't yet have.
This week I learned something from the Yammer group I've joined as part of boot camp: Pay attention! Evidence is the best thing to throw at a negative voice. Workouts done, water drunk, snacks made and eaten, meals cooked and eaten on time, energy and moods that are up, moments shared with friends and family, fantastic prayer times . . . these are all things I need to flaunt when my negative voice tells me I'll never do it, never be good enough, pretty enough, fast enough, smart enough, brilliant enough, unique enough, never enough.
What's the evidence of change in your life? I'd love to celebrate with you!