Be thankful for your blessings and gifts


03.365 (02.08.2009) Faith

Why do we tend to judge others who are either different from us or those we consider a threat ? It seems we like to judge those we inherently fear, fear leads us to judging harshly and to wish ill will on those we don’t understand or feel are some kind of threat to ourselves. I guess it is some kind of built in psychological defense mechanism in most humans. I have caught myself falling to the fear a many of times in my life though as I grow older I am learning there is nothing to fear but fear itself is a phrase that rings true.  Fear kills imagination, compassion, understanding and keeps one from having a sound mind. Fear causes confusion and makes it almost impossible to make decisions logically and/or correctly. It keeps us from loving others unconditionally and makes it near to impossible to forgive others as well. Fear is the seed for many emotions and feelings that are harmful to your health and that can hinder ones happiness. Paranoia, anger and depression are some of the fruits of fear, They are great destroyers of ones sound mind and they truly are suppressors of happiness.

The real challenge is learning to master fear and avoid letting fear become your master. Faith in God, Faith in yourself and accepting you do not have control over every aspect of your life helps in keeping fear at bay. Meditation is a good way to focus the mind and keep it calm enough to face fear down and put it back in its place. Prayer is very good at strengthening ones resolve against fear for it helps fuel the faith within you and faith is one of the biggest destroyers of fear. Hope which is faiths greatest partner also is good at repelling fear and gives one the power to continue forward on the path of life. God doesn’t want his children to live their lives in fear, He gave us power, a spirit of hope and a sound mind. Fear was put in humans to give them a chance of survival during times of threat. Fight or flight response is what fear was meant to be, not a constant companion of a person through every day of their lives. A flash in the pan when needed and then it fades quickly so we can continue living. Fear also is meant as a reminder to not repeat mistakes that were painful or that caused bodily harm. Once you burn yourself with a open flame you get a tiny piece of fear embedded in your brain to remind you not to allow an open flame to touch your body again. This kind of fear is a helpful fear but it isn’t one that is present all the time, it only comes out when you are faced with an open flame.

Sometimes our logical mind overrides fear when it sees the fear is unwarranted or is a roadblock to something that we desire or truly need. Well that means we can train our minds to override fear when we choose for it to do so. This is what is considered mastering fear and when we allow fear to run unchecked we allow fear to be our master. Through faith, hope and prayer we can take control of our fear and be freed from its grips through the grace and will of God. God gave us the power to overcome fear and many other enemies of happiness and of our faith. Prayer helps us unlock that power through faith in God and the blessings he has given us. Man has a power that can do almost anything and that power was a gift from God, we must always remember where our gifts and blessings originate from. Our tendency to be arrogant and believe all we can do comes from our own self is one of our greatest downfalls. God gave us life and all that we have and will have within that life. This includes any of the many abilities we have within our life and all of the achievements we are blessed to have. Be thankful for your blessings and gifts and always praise the one true source God for all of them.

God is the source of all that we have, have done, will do and will obtain in the future. He gave us power, a spirit of hope and a sound mind. He even gave us his only begotten son so that we can be forgiven and have a chance at being with him in heaven.

Ray Barbier

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About Ray Barbier

I am just an average man who loves writing, thinking and trying to inspire kindness, love, understanding and Compassion in others and try to find them within myself.
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