Saith Me: Taming Fear

Living for today while being afraid of tomorrow isn’t really living. In its own way, it is hiding from the realities of our own fears or the fears of others.

Facing our fear and learning to master it, or at least tame it, allows us to embrace the joys of life and accept the sorrow that is an inherent part of living.  Fear, when tamed, becomes the caution that makes the journey open to more joy and less sorrow.

Bubble Time

Sometimes we live in a bubble. Truthfully, there are times when we need the bubble. Then there are times when we need the bubble to be popped so that we can see more of what is going on than we might be comfortable with on a daily basis.

It is easy to leave the work to others. It is easy to convince ourselves that if we focus on our own backyard, we need not trouble ourselves with the wider world. How often do we recognize the good work others are doing so that we can focus only on our backyard? Do we only notice these globally minded workers when they become embroiled in controversy? When we find ourselves at odds with one aspect of their work, do we condemn all the other good work?

Life is a set of scales, often comparing the positive and negative in our lives. We must evaluate the items tilting the scales in one direction or the other. Even if we need bubble time, we can’t forget that the scales will still need adjusting when the bubble pops. We should never allow our scales to tilt heavily in an unsettling direction due to the weight of unsavory choices made by others but defended due to our own desire to fit in.

Bubble time, the time to recharge and retreat from the fray, is occasionally necessary. Just don’t make that bubble so impenetrable that it won’t pop in time for your life scale to be adjusted before the negative side weighs you completely down.

Saith Me: True to the Course

Is it harder to walk on the flat, sandy beach than to climb up the hill after falling down? When we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and climb back up a hill, we can clearly see the challenge before us. Yet, when we must stay true to our course along the sandy beach, we may not recognize the effort and challenge the shifting sand presents us. Life tends to give us hills to climb and beaches to cross. Keeping true to the course requires us to recognize the dedicated effort needed to accomplish both.

True to the course

Build the Boat

There is a parable of sorts that goes around about a religious man watching the flood waters rising. Rather than getting into the rescue boats or helicopter, he keeps saying God will save him. At the Pearly Gates he asks why he was not saved. The answer he receives is that two boats and a helicopter were sent.

In truth, the answer should have been, “Why didn’t you seek divine assistance and build yourself the boat before the flood?”

With divine help, we can build the boat and then when the flood waters rise, we can seek to assist those in need rather than waiting to be assisted by our fellow man.

Saith Me… Ministering to the Needs

Ministering to the needs of others requires an open mind, a loving heart, and unfettered time.

Unlike in the structured world of employment, ministering in not as much about solving problems as it is about providing what is needed.

Identifying a problem is easy; identifying a need is much more complicated. Sometimes the need may be as simple as having someone take the time to listen.

Problems are so much easier to solve after the needs are addressed – after the time, love, and companionship is freely given.