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It’s pretty much a given that most of us are aware of what second hand smoke has done in contributing to serious health conditions in non-smokers but, I want to take a look at something that is far more destructive than blowing smoke; fear.

We’ve all been born into a world that has imprisoned us and tries to keep us from seeing and knowing that there is a life beyond living and acting out of fear.
Much like a pedophile who grooms his nest victim, we have all been meticulously groomed in fear. Fear permeates everything we do, think and feel; there’s no escape apart from knowing the truth of God’s love and even then it’s a continuing ongoing battle.

Some of the most fear-filled people I know unfortunately are Christians, although most would adamantly deny their inner entanglement; and I haven’t escaped or gone unscathed from this internal mental and emotional steeple hurdling either.
Words no matter how right, good, and true they might be, be they coming from the mouth of a Christian, a Buddhist, a Hindu or whomever, our actions often will make null and void what we’re trying to say, what we’re trying to teach our children or even, one another.
This is in no way an indictment of blaming, shaming or heaping guilt upon anyone at all, simply pointing out that what we have been so badly infected with can be wonderfully turned around.

In getting to experience the power of God’s perfect and totally unconditional love, there is set into motion inner dynamics that are seismic in nature in my opinion. It talks about perfect love (in the scriptures) casting out all fear in a persons life, establishing a way of life and a way of living that becomes less and less of a knee-jerking sad saga. The love of God is an ongoing integration that wants to envelope us at the core of our being deeply infecting us, spirit soul and body, mind will and emotions.
From my experience, in over coming fear in so many ways, I am discovering what some have discovered long ago, that the world is not flat; fear produces flat minded thinking and reasoning that becomes the accepted dogma that begins to weave an ever constricting straightjacket of immobility.

There’s so much I could share on fear and how it’s poisoned and crippled me in so many ways, but I’d rather share a few examples of how love is daily transforming my everyday living.
There was a time when I would never give the time of day to reading anything without the holy and sacred seal of the literature being “Christian”. Over the recent years not only with literature but also with conversations via pod casts etc that do not qualify as being scared, I am discovering I am not reaching for my holy water or silver crucifix to ward of any polluting or corrupting infections. I am truly in awe with amazement and wonder of a world that is inviting me to experience, that was always there but obscured from my senses because of fear.

Relationally I am growing more secure and confident as a person, and this is spilling out in so many ways, at home with my wife, with my grown up children and with my co-workers and in general, the fellow humans I engage on a daily basis.
It is my personal belief that as the life and love of God becomes integrated into all aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual components, our lives transmit an aroma and a soundness of wonder and beauty that appears to have been lost so very long ago. Without trying to prove anything, without trying to solicit or proselytize anyone we live and move unobtrusively and yet and in most cases unbeknownst to us others are drawn to the oasis of our lives that somehow speak of there being a living and loving place of solace, acceptance and affirmation.

Rich

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Life and living were never meant to be static, as pointed out in the scriptures where Paul said; “In Him, we live, move and have our very being.”
The living reality of Christ in us as us being the hope of all that is glorious, is constantly working to bring forth in our daily living a tangible and touchable expression of the invisible God right where we live and interact amongst the human family.
In order for this reality to continue, there must of necessity be a shedding of things that were formally good for the moment or even for a season but now in light of what is to be a more defined expression of what we are yet becoming, must be left behind.

This new wine that Jesus spoke of has to be put into new wine skins otherwise the fermenting process will rupture the old skins and be wasted. To my way of thinking the image that comes to mind is that of a snake, it must throughout its life continue to shed its total skin, from nose to tail, otherwise it will die. This also speaks to me of the quote by Robert Browning; “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

I find that this ongoing internal transformational work of God’s grace is one of often being filled with great wonder and awe, along with tremendous amounts of turbulent unsettledness, perhaps all part of what freedom is really all about.
I have been outside of the institutional religious system for nearly eighteen years now and I am continuing to see so much more as a result of sorting and sifting through much of what I had previously accepted without any serious examination.

In the midst of all of this I am discovering like Christopher Columbus did, that my world too is also round and not flat, a debilitating fear that tried to cripple Columbus in his day as well as all of us in the day and hour we find ourselves living in is something we will continually battle with. With more and more of those nagging fears dissipating, being able to freely and seriously rethink about so many things that were etched into stone, is very unnerving yet exhilarating at the same time.

Apart from knowing that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, that God is love, and that he loves me unconditionally, everything else is for now simply on the peripheral of my thinking and pondering. For example within just the past couple of days of listening in on some conversations, topics of repentance, should God always be on our mind, and hearing the heart of what people are saying, I’m finding that so much of life is actually coloring, thinking and living outside of the religious ruts that so many seem to have fallen into.

People most often want things nailed down having as it were all of their beliefs (ducks) in a row, but is that possible in light of knowing this one that is not a teaching or a doctrine?

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand, who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!’”

Rich

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Last weekend while my wife and I were away and took in the Bird of Prey exhibit, we stayed at one of our favourite motels. That Sunday morning I was going through the channels on the TV and came across Charles Price, he was talking about a well known passage of scripture that is if I remember correctly is recorded in 3 of the gospel accounts; it was about Peter stepping out of the boat in the midst of a horrific storm tossed sea.
Often we are so familiar with what the scriptures have to say that listening to anything more on it can sometimes just go by the way side.

What Charles Price called his talk was, When the Things Over our Head are Under His feet, you can listen and watch it here.

Also for any that might be interested, I want to make available here a great article by my friend Dave Price, you can read it here.

I especially loved how Dave worded this; “What does God say about us? God says that we are the most valuable thing in all creation – but do you feel like the most valuable thing in creation? God says that He delights in us – delight, that’s a pretty powerful word, but do you feel delighted in? God says that we can be everything He created us to be, yet we are deceived into becoming nothing. We have to find a way to move beyond what we have believed to what we must believe, because deep in our hearts somehow we have known all along that there is more to this than what we have experienced – something deeper, some greater expression of who we really are. This is my sole, soul pursuit – to know myself as I am known by God, to believe of myself what He believes about me, to walk on the water not because I believe in Him, I do above all else and He knows that, but because I finally convince myself to believe what He believes about me. I am consumed by the desire to draw closer to, to know more fully, the One who knows me, the Who believes in me, the Who has given His everything for me, to believe what He believes about me – that is the person I haven’t begun to discover.”

This continues to resonate within me, wow, then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures!

Rich

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