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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC)
April 29, 2015 by Jared Beasley, Board
In a recent Sunday School class we discussed a passage by C.S. Lewis that posed the question……. What if we only bore the burdens that were actual burdens. Meaning what if we didn’t allow fear of possible problems to guide our thoughts and actions. That kind of fear often causes us to do and say things that are not consistent with our values and beliefs because we are so focused on the fear itself that we react only to it. Think about the famous quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt during his first inaugural address… “The only thing we have to fear is ……fear itself”. Roosevelt said this in 1932 to a country in the middle of the great depression. He wasn’t making light of the depression or trying to be cute. He was trying to help the public see that the real danger wasn’t the spiraling value of the dollar it was how everyone reacted to the fear, that’s what causes discord and hate and makes communities fall apart. Most of us are familiar with this quote but very few people remember how he finished that sentence…The full comment was this.
“So first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is ….fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
I believe Jesus would have applauded, Roosevelt’s comment. I believe that’s the same point he was making in Matthew 6: 25-34 when he told us not to worry. Worry is simply another name for the fear of what might happen and it pushes us into actions that are unreasoning, unjustified and inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus that we hold so dear……
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:30-31
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