Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Either Fear or Love, Baby

   Are my efforts motivated by love or are they motivated by fear? I had one or two opportunities to ask myself that question this week. And by one or two I mean three or four…or five.   The question itself was all it took to bring me back to center, that calm lovely state of love that is becoming more familiar with each passing day.  I like it.  I like it a whole lot more than fear. And fear has become so prevalent that it passes for normal. It’s not normal. Are you getting that? Fear is not normal. Negativity is not normal. It’s either fear or love, baby, and it's your choice.
     An interesting thing happens when I am in the state of love.  I do less and accomplish more. I am inspired, and know the exactly the right thing to do.  Whatever I need to accomplish is better, more productive, and more fun.    Deepak Chopra  refers to the “The Law of Least Effort.”  
    Are my efforts motivated by love or are they motivated by fear?  Fear that I am not enough, am doing the wrong thing, that I will get into trouble if I don’t (fill in the blank.)When my efforts are motivated by fear nothing good happens and negativity contaminates everything in my life.  I rush around and become demanding of myself and the people in my life. I become as much as a bitch as I want to be if only because I can’t stand my own self.
     I want my efforts to be motivated by love. I love the feeling of dancing with the universe and being in union with my soul. That only happens when I listen to the music of love. This week when I wrote my lesson plans and do list at home I added something radical, joy breaks. Five minutes every hour to just stop and reconnect what matters the most, God who is the source of my everything and who is good.Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”, Psalms 98:4. Remember that one? "Our happy God should be worshipped by a happy people; a cheerful spirit is in keeping with his nature, his acts, and the gratitude which we should cherish for his mercies." C.H. Spurgeon, in The Treasury of David (commenting on Psalm 100:1). 
    In case you didn’t get the memo, fear is not a joyful noise. This week I am going to make a joyful noise, how about you? It’s fear or love, baby.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You hit it on the nose, my friend. I'm glad you could put the Spurgeon quote to good use.