We fear loss--of loved ones, of employment, of security.
We fear the loss of our youth, our money, and our mind.
We fear losing precious children, beloved possessions, and our prized choice.
And ultimately, we fear losing good health, human dignity, and the respect of others.
“Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”
Fear of loss is the shadow of greed--the path to a dark and lonely place. A place where the worst scenario plays out, where darkness presses and desperation resides. Fearful panic takes hold and suggests decisions based upon lies. Acting on fabricated what-ifs is giving in to uncontrolled fear in a desperate attempt to gain control of that which hasn't happened.
Convinced there is but one path to take only reinforces the obvious--you have no choice. Anger starts to seep into thoughts, as fear-fed resentment takes root. Why me? Passion runs high when one is pressed into a fearful corner. Anger comes out swinging, wild-eyed and ready for a fight, whatever the cost.
And that cost is the lack of peace; the price is hatred. Whoever is responsible is going to pay for my fear...for my lack of choices. I can only hate because what I hold dear is threatened; I have no choice. I must do whatever it takes to regain control...of my future.
And that desolate, lonely future will look back at a history painted with fearful, desperate, resentful hatred, highlighted with selfish manipulations and controlling behavior. All because of fear and selfish greed. If that is not suffering, no soul has known it.
But, it doesn't have to be that way.
We can choose trust instead of fear.
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you;
He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed."
This life is full of loss, but the LORD will always provide.
He will comfort.
He will sustain.
Trust is the opposite of selfish greed.
And peace is the obverse of fear.
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