Grace Notes - March 8, 2020
“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
As we begin our 6 Part Lenten Sermon Series this week, we begin with one of the big fears:
March 8: THINK FOR YOURSELF: THE FEAR OF WHAT OTHERS MIGHT THINK
“Start a huge, foolish project like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” ~Rumi, Persian poet, 13th century.
This Rumi quote (above) prompted the following conversation on a website.
Andrew : Powerful! I think my favorite is the one by Rumi…That tackles this issue right at the source. Fear is almost always in regards to what other people think of you… specifically when you’re doing something new, big, uncertain, or audacious. Think about starting one of those
projects with no one else watching, it doesn’t seem so scary anymore, does it? Understand that it REALLY doesn’t matter what other people think of you and you’re 90% away from fear…
Tess: Yes so let’s see what foolish thing do we want to do??? And I like the idea of ‘nobody is watching.’ We’re not that important! Have a great weekend.
Russian author, Dostoyevsky said, “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” Perhaps you agree with that?
Yet, Irish poet, Brendan Francis tells us that, “Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” Do you believe that?
Let’s talk some more so that we can all Fear less – about what other people think!
Blessings on the journey,
"Seize the day! Embrace the present! Plan for the future! At all times, remain in God's presence, seek to follow Christ, and yearn for the direction of the Holy Spirit who will guide your steps all along the way."