Snow in Charlotte means things come to a virtual stand still. Ice means nobody move.
This explains why yesterday I found myself with my family watching the “Star Wars” series. We started with movies one and two, which for someone who grew up in the ’80’s really is backwards.
Since Christmas daughter, Mariah, started recording quotes from books, movies, etc. on her I-touch. I love it, because it has really gotten me thinking of each line in a movie, rather than just the picture as a whole.
Yesterday, the great line came from Yoda. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
If you look at just the first noun and jump to the last, it really seems as if there wouldn’t be a connection. Fear doesn’t usually cause suffering, but that’s not how it works. Fear leads to anger; fear of the unknown, fear of what we cannot control; fear that others may be right and we may be wrong.
Anger opens up all kinds of new issues; primarily an open door to hatred and ultimately bitterness. Once we hate, the gateway to suffering is invitable. Suffering for those around us and for ourselves.
Today when I read, “…and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” in Luke 2:14, I thought of how God’s peace is the only thing that elevates fear. His peace, which ultimately comes from trusting in Him, crowds out the fear. In fact, perfect love casts OUT fear we’re told in 1 John 4:18.
It’s the one thing that this world can’t offer. I didn’t see it written in yesterday’s newspaper ads. I won’t see it in the Super Bowl commercials this weekend. There is not one ounce of peace any where on this planet that the world can truly offer to me, but man do I need it!
Lord, I need Your peace. I need Your peace to drive out fear; to replace fear with a trust in You. Help me to run to you when fear is slipping in…
What in your life is causing fear to spring up? I’d love to pray with you and by sharing, you just might open the door for someone else to be encouraged as well. Just click on “comments” below. I look forward to hearing from you.