I remember a well-known quote by FDR about fear. I think it is one of those quotes that really hits us at a time that is right in our journey. It is after we have hidden from life that we realize what fear does…after we cowered from standing up for what we want or what is right, and often become one of those people who agrees with everyone because we do not want to face any confrontation. We become opinion-less….meaning we have no opinion that we express of our own and just agree with whomever we are talking to at the time. We have let fear immobilize us.
This inaugural address was such an inspiring one at such a low time in the country. And yet, here we sit with the same problems and evidentially learned nothing since then. We have the same greed and the same problems going on.
“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. 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.” FDR
Fear…such a small four letter word and yet it keeps us from living life….much less from standing up for what our country needs during such economic times as these. It keeps us for reaching for our dreams or following our dreams. When son and I decided to sell our home and move to Colorado, many thought we were crazy. “What if you do not make it?” “What if you can not find a job?” “What if you lose everything?” and many questions along these lines. And our response was “if we lose everything, then we will just start over. They are only possessions.” And we made that big jump to follow our dreams. Has it been easy? No, but it sure has been worth it and here we are in our house at the base of my mountains.
“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.” FDR
Some how, some way…we have developed a big segment of our country that believe they should be ministered to. Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you have done something to help someone else? And I love doing things and never telling anyone that I did the good deed. It feels even better. Sons and I used to put boxes of food on porches at holiday time and then hide and watch the people who opened the door. It is not hard to see who is really in need and who is not if we just open our eyes. Yes, some people will take advantage and take more than they should or take when they should not and that is something they will have to answer to the Lord about. But, we can not let fear of being used keep us from helping others.
Nor should we let fear keep us from reaching for our dreams. If we want something bad enough, then we need to figure just how much we are willing to sacrifice to get it. Son and I were willing to sacrifice everything we owned to get out here. And we made it with our possessions….or at least a lot of them.
Have you ever finally stood up for yourself and thought….wow that feels great. That means you overcame a fear. Or have you stood up for an injustice and the feeling was so good you wanted to dance around the room. Fear can stop us dead in our tracks or we can funnel that fear into energy to do what we are dreaming of or to stand up for what is right or to go find that new job or resign from that old job. When it comes down to it…possessions can be replaced….we have only one life.