As we have found during this journey, fear leads to worry. The seeds of fear are merely planted in our mind. Then in the absence of external forces we are controlled from within. Our own imagination begins to carry us down paths, which are unthinkable. Growing in size and scope worry can consume our very existence. In silent thought our closest friends and relatives may very well be battling with powerful forces generated in their own mind. What are we afraid of? Who tells us what to be afraid of? Why do we calculate risk in the manner in which we do? Who benefits from keeping us all in fear? Mastering control of our own self is just as much a battle waged with our own imagination than anything else. When worry replaces action in our daily schedule, then we are losing the war; we have yet taken full control of our own self.
We operate on this earth with a finite amount of time. The things of this world shall pass. We will be little more than a memory when our time on earth has come and gone. What will we say of our time on earth, which has been granted to us by our Creator? At what point will we say that we achieved true freedom from the will of others? Certainly this freedom awaits us when we give up the ghost. Is it necessary for us to go through all of our life on earth in fear? Why? What is the point? What good will it do? King Solomon shares his thoughts on our common fate, "For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool."
So many things can consume our time on earth. It seems that in modern day western culture we have become infatuated with filling our time with endless activities. We even suffer our children the same. From morning til dusk we rush from here to there attempting to consume this and that. Why do we behave in this manner? Who puts this idea of culture into our mind? Are we all filled with worry that we will miss out on life, afraid that we might fail to experience life? Who defines the experience of life? In so filling our time we fill our mind with worry. We need this and that to go do this and that. We can't afford this to do that but we must find a way, borrow, cheat, steal, anything to get it done. We can't miss out on all that life has to offer. What will everyone think of us? Who do we become when we live life in fear of anything or anyone other than our Creator? We are men and women designed to take action to control our fears. We are independent, free thinking human beings. No one can force us to waste our life away in worry. In us is humanity. We must resolve from this day forward to take back from worry the finite time we have been given on earth. It is required of us to replace worry with action.
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2012