“I don’t know if the rest of the country is struggling to understand it the same way we are here,” she said. “Life goes on, but you’re not the same. Is the rest of the country — are they going about their regular activities? Is it just another news story to them?” –Donna who works at a school nearby Sandy Hook Elementary.
“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” – Corrie Ten Boom
We can wake up each day determined to spread compassion, forgiveness, hope, peace, joy and love within our own small world, and inspire others to live their lives the very same way. We can become accountable. We can PRAY. – Sandi Regan
I quote other’s words because I have no words for what happened Friday other than, I am truly sorry for my part. And my heart quivers for the people.
What can we do to move forward?
When tragedies happen, the enemy celebrates victory. The injection of fear into our hearts. Accomplished. We all want to cry out our fear. We run in circles bigger and bigger, crying out loud. Louder and louder. It is the guns. It is the mental people neglect. It is the government. We have our fingers pointed at each other as if we are all holding a gun. We are afraid.
I have always heard that the opposite of fear is love. We are incapable of loving when fear grabs a hold and causes us to draw in. Emotions such as anger, hopelessness, resentment, frustration, etc. are all symptoms of fear. We are not getting our needs or wants met and it reduces us into a state of fear. It causes us to withdraw into ourselves and then we cannot love. We can ask our selves a series of questions and the fear can always be revealed. If I do not get the outcome that I want or feel I deserve, then what becomes of me? ME. The cycle begins. Love steps aside to make room for fear. The two cannot survive in the room together.
I think I need to begin WITH ME. To get OUTTA ME.
So, that I can love.
We have different agendas based on our life experiences. We become afraid based on the feelings those experiences evoke. And we run on that fuel. For our whole life, if we allow. Fear dictates our every move. Our every action is determined by what has happened or not happened to us in our past and how we have internalized it.
I don’t have to allow fear to dictate my life. I can move fear to the basement and let love take over my soul.
I use to be fearful of many, many things. You name it. I think I have stated my fears in an old post, so I wont go there. It helps me to determine the fears that cause me angst. When I feel a negative emotion, I ask myself : What about this situation am I not getting what I want? It does take an element of honesty here. Lots and lots of practice. And then: If I should fail to get what I want or need, what is the worst case scenario? And then: If the worse case scenario happens, so what? If I break the whole scenario down, I am able to get a proper perspective that will disarm my fear. Freed up to love. Most of our fears are about things that actually never happen.
We are experts at projecting failure, hurt, disappointment, neglect, catastrophe, etc on our future and the future of others. All because of fear.
So, what does this have to do with the gun man in Connecticut? If I am able to stop thrashing my fears onto my neighbors, and instead, spread the love I have in my heart to my neighbor, we will be one baby step closer to a peace.
We all have responsibility here.
It is not just about the gun man. It begins with my behavior toward you, my behavior about you to others and my behavior about others to you. We are either spreading love or fear. The media are doing a super job spreading fear. They clearly don’t understand the fear/love connection.
God removes my fear when I pray. He does not remove my fear when I do not.
2 responses to “Where Does It all Begin? Where Does It All End?”
1 John 4:18; Isaiah 41:10; Ephesians 6:12
I have been very grieved by what took place Friday. My heart does indeed cry for the loss. May we hold each other closely and love deeply.
Your best post yet, Karen. You get it.