My First Reaction Was Fear

It seems that I can’t stop shaking my head. Everyday I hear of another story.  Stories of power, ego, influence, and dare I say mismanaged authority. These are the stories and ultimately the running sound bites we hear each and everyday, from news anchors and journalist – liberal and conservative media outlets alike, covering Donald Trump’s presidency.

From these sounds bites alone, my first reaction (for what’s to come from this administration) is always fear. But over these past few weeks, what I’m learning is that fear rarely gets me anywhere. Fear is the absence of anything productive.

As a community we’ve spoken about the new administration. And to an extent we’ve exhausted our frustration, awe and angst.  So I wont belabor the point. But what I will say is that regardless of what trumps or provokes fear, rather a new administration taking office, a new position at work, a relationship forming or change in personal circumstance, the absence of productivity only stunts growth mentally, physically and spiritually.

Philippians 4: 6-7 reads “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds.” Those words, while tender before, mean everything now. We can’t change the past, but we can alter our future. Fear is only dominant for as long as we allow it to be. And our peace truly manifests itself through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Let’s be mindful to steer towards the Lord, and give our fears and our stressors over to him.