21 days in and we can’t escape Fear

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Today’s Reading1 Samuel 16:1 – 1 Samuel 28:19

I absolutely love this quote from Gandhi. I find myself thinking a lot about is in the world we live in. We see so much hate it seems. We see the atrocities committed in the world by groups like ISIS. We see the terror caused by the events recently in France. The events in Ferguson and New York and in other places in our country are not quite in our rear view mirrors.

We are quick to use the term hate to describe many of these and other events but I think Gandhi has something here. I think the word fear is perfect. Fear is defined by dictionary.com as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”

     I focus in on the real or imagined part of the definition. How much of the fear we feel is self-induced? We can fear people because of skin color, ethnicity, or religion. We can fear people because of our own insecurity. there are a lot of reasons why we can fear people. We have to take the time to ensure we don’t allow fear to take over our lives.

Saul was afraid of David and David was afraid of Saul. Saul allowed his fear to turn into hate. David did not let that to happen to him. He continued to trust God. David knew Saul was out to kill him and made plans based on that. However, David continued to follow God’s direction. He continued to do what he was led to by God.

So how do we take David’s lessons to heart?

What can we do with the fear that pops up in our own lives?

To quote the great Thinker and NFL Quarterback Aaron Rogers: R-E-L-A-X.

R – Realize God is in charge

E – Expect God presence… God will never leave you

L – Let go of doubt and fear..grab on to faith and trust

A – Anticipate God’s grace…

X – Xenos…which is a greek word for the stranger or the guest. It is what               God reminds us that we all once were. Care for the xenos don’t fear them.

So take a deep breath and relax.. It is going to be ok.

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