“The more you are afraid of dying, the more energy you devote to preserving yourself.
And that means less energy to spend on trying new things.”
While reading my daily devotional in The Word Among Us, this line was part of the reflection.
It stopped me.
The meditation is in reference to Hebrews 2:14 … “that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death.”
The scripture, of course, refers to Jesus and the Devil.
I re-read it several times. ‘the more energy you devote to preserving yourself.’
How much of our life is spent on maintaining the status quo? Meeting other’s expectations. Doing the ‘right’ thing?
There are reasons to do some of that some of the time. We all need a certain amount of stability in our lives. Eat three meals, get 8 hours of sleep, take care of those who truly need our care, etc.
But now, as a woman of a certain age – if you’ve raised a family, held down a decent job to pay the bills, worked your buns off at the gym, served on all the right committees and boards – is it time to do something else or to do what you are doing differently? Or – for grins and chuckles – do less than you were doing before?
Imagine you can stop all the need to be busy, busy, busy all the time and find more time to just enjoy life?
Scripture and the interpreter are telling us it is FEAR that keeps us focused on the mundane instead of the opportunities that await. On earthly things instead of the possibility of a glorious and fun life!
Fear will keep you frozen. It will preserve you. It will keep you in your original state. It will not allow you to blossom and grow into the life you were pre-destined to live on earth. And, quite possibly, it will prevent you from moving freely into eternal life.
What are you preserving? Your looks, your huge home, your bank account, your need to hang on to tradition?
If you feel yourself bored and craving more, then it is time to step out into the big, wide world!
Even if it means stopping all the busy-ness and reading a book you’ve wanted to read forever on your sofa!
Some women do this by no longer dying their hair. Others tell their family that the holidays will now be spent in remote places – no more tree, decorations or holiday cooking. There is the whole tiny house movement – and for some women – it’s just a tiny house of their own in their current backyard!
In reference to a faith-filled life – it is the same. God is telling us not to fear dying – but to step out and do all that he created you to be. Do what you know to be right, but have fun doing it. He’ll take care of the rest.
Spend time this week thinking about how you are using your energy to ‘preserve’ out of fear instead of belief and how you can take the first step to doing something different?
Let us know where you will be no longer preserving, but throwing open the door to opportunity! Your first step can be being an inspiration to others.
Inspiring comments are welcome below!