Belief and hope have a sibling. The relationship is there, even though we often try our best to put it out of our minds. The third member of this trinity is fear. You can describe this member by many names – uncertainty, doubts are good examples – yet it is impossible to look forward without acknowledging its presence, power, and role. I wish I could say I have lived my life without this state of being. The reality is that it is present in more way than I realize.
If you listen to the rhetoric flooding our lives today, you can see fear haunting those who would like us to believe they are the strongest. Sports figures deny their humanity and vulnerability. Politicians tap into and feed on society’s worst fears, for the future and about each other. Corporate leaders deny the weaknesses inherent in their plans, reluctant to admit their own fears, uncertainties, and doubts. Even spiritual leaders work to dampen questions and uncertainties, fearful their lock on power may diminish in the realities and ambiguities of real living.
Many find the solution in denial. I would like to suggest there is something different. As I reflect on Jesus’ words about the future, “I'll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don't worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me.” (John 14.30) I see an alternative.
First, be aware that anything is possible. We have a choice regardless of our past and present position.
Second, as we acknowledge our fears and open ourselves up the uncertainties inherent in stepping into the unknown full of possibilities and opportunities, we create situations where anything is possible.
Third, fear doesn’t have the final say. Belief and hope, founded in love and mercy, can be the drivers of your life and mine.
There is a fresh dawn in your life and mine. Everything is possible. We have control. Divinity lives within us, ready to help and empower. What happens next is your decision and mine.
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