Monday, November 17, 2014

Things that go BUMP in the night

Most all of humanity has innate fear.  As babies we may be scared by loud noises, or feeling insecure.  As youngsters, we fear the night, goblins, and such.  As adults our fears expand and become more complex.  Try these out for fear:
  • Ebola
  • Crashing stock market
  • Economic disaster of one kind or another
  • Domestic terrorism
  • Our health will fail
  • Our mind will fail
  • Our children will suffer from ______
Some of these are legitimate threats, other much less so, but most of them are evoking fear in some readers just reviewing this list.  We combat this fear several ways:
  • Insurance against____ (lots of things can fill this blank),
  • Planning against (though it is impossible to plan for every contingency)
  • Exercise and healthy eating
  • Investigating ways to avoid the next great disaster...

Christians seem as worried as non-Christians, and as James said it in a different context, "My brethren, these things ought not so to be." James 3:10.  As I shared in a previous blog, we ought to obey Phil 4:6, "Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Sooo, despite the potential for death and destruction around us, we Believers ought to be unreasonably HAPPY. 

Whereas that is easier said than done, our lost friends OUGHT to be fearful, and we ought NOT to be.   How do we achieve that?

Prayer and practice.  Prayer and practice.

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