Who are you right now? Who are you being? Are you truth? Are you love? What about peace and hope? Or are you fear? Are you anger? Are you distrust and discouragement? What are you giving to others? And what is that creating in your home, within your friendships or even on social media?
The current landscape of this world is a sea of chaos, fear, hopelessness, anxiety, anger and hysteria. And it’s easy to be swept away into its dark and ominous waves. But if we allow it, we won’t just keep our heads above water, we will be swallowed whole and unified with its wrath. Fear and chaos then become our new narrative that controls the focus of our minds, and thus dictates our entire lives. We are no longer free, but now slaves to its blows and an extension of its fear-inducing tentacles.
We can all look at fear and understand what it creates: hopelessness, greed, anger, discouragement, war, hatred, broken relationships, depression and unfortunately, the list goes on. One may argue that fear and anger create passion for change. We may believe that our outrage or anger can sway hearts. But the ultimate truth is that feeding the storm doesn’t create the change we seek. It creates more of what’s already there, not just in the community, but in your own life and in the lives of those you care for most. If we speak anger, we anger others. If we speak frustration, we frustrate others. We create what we give.
Each one of us is responsible for who we are in this storm and its ripple effects. Over the last few weeks, I’ve both seen and taken part in its violence. Personally, and at different times and varying levels, it created stress, fear, darkness, anxiety, anger, self-righteousness, arrogance and hopelessness. When I allowed it to flow out of me to my family or on social media, I created more of it. And not just for me – for others too.
But, that’s not who I want to be for others; I want to be different. I don’t want to be the one that incites anger, fear, dread, drama and anxiety. I want my ripple effect to create hope, love, joy, generosity and peace. Each one of us has a choice in how we respond to what’s going on around us. Each one of us can create real and lasting change that results from the clarity of living and giving peace, hope and love. How will you respond to this storm and as a result, what will you create in your life and in the lives of those you touch? You can change it all in an instant.
Meditation: “Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” – Psalm 43:3