G-Pop took a few moments last night to talk to his godson.
The young man is personable, with potential dangling from him, similar to a bunch of electrical cords that need to be plugged in somewhere. Like so many of us, he just doesn’t know which cord goes into which socket.
It begins with a simple understanding: 80% of what we think is born in our fear.
G-Pop wishes he could proclaim that our thoughts are grounded in our faith or our devotion, but it’s not true. Faith, hope and charity have no chance until fear is confronted, tracked down and put in its place. So our thoughts scream from this fear.
Now, 90% of what we fear comes from what we see and hear.
If we surround ourselves with fearful people saying fearful things about a fearful world, we should not expect a great fountain of creativity to spring forth from our souls.
For instance, here’s a simple point about gun control in America: the problem is not the gun. The difficulty lies in the fact that what we see and hear about guns always has them with the barrel pointed at a human. If you go to Canada, you’ll see lots of guns. But they’re pointed at deer and moose. The Canadians don’t have a constant programming of seeing and hearing about guns pointed at other human beings.
In America, we would frown on a gun being pointed at an animal, but our guns are constantly pointed at human beings. Therefore, what we see and hear becomes our fear and our fear becomes what we think. And we think that guns are for killing people, not rabbits.
And the final statistic that G-Pop presents is that 100% of what we see and hear should be our choice.
So you will think from your fear.
Your fear comes from what you see and hear.
And if you sacrifice what you see and hear to what the pundits want to thrust down your throat or what your friends insist will make you cool, you will be at the mercy of the fear that is produced by these visions.
G-Pop’s godson is just like all of us.
He needs to learn that our thinking is controlled by our fear; our fear is manipulated by what we see and hear, so if we take authority over what comes into our eyes and ears, we begin to change our fear to faith and our faith can work to produce love.
Three final points set this in motion:
1. Run from strife.
Whenever you see people fighting for the hell of it, get yourself away.
2. Walk away from gossip.
Gossip is just violence in training.
3. Sit with good cheer.
When you find people who are looking for hope, who are smiling through the difficulties and trying to create unity and joy, sit your butt down.
Published by Jonathan Cring