I’m providing a link to an article citing an old Toaist parable teaching a very worthwhile lesson.
It is especially important to remember this lesson, right now, after this 2016 election. More often, we allow the fear we have generated in our own minds – the disasters we imagine in our minds – the monsters that have only existed in our minds – to be what we act from. In this election and the months preceding it, we see countless examples of people on both sides living from these fears and deciding from these fears – many of which have been fostered by those who benefit from people fearing.
Many will catch themselves, and try to do better, but many will continue to live this way. This is because many have more faith in their fear than they do in God. The question for ourselves is which way do we, as individuals, choose to go in our own lives. Do we have more faith in fear or do we have more faith in God?
The truth is – who knows what is good or bad? If we believe we have God’s wisdom inside our own minds, or can take God’s place in judging good and bad, then we may say to ourselves, “I know what is good or bad.” But, Joseph told his brother, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.” God can take all things and all events and bring forth good from them. Read the parable. It is part of life. Withhold judgement that the end is near. There is a reason why some things happen. It will be revealed. Remember, for Joseph being sold into slavery was not a good thing, but God took that thing and brought Good out of it.
“It’s possible to do everything right and still lose. That is not a malfunction, that is life.” Jean-Luc Picard to Data after being beaten in a game of Strategema against “Kolrami”. Star Trek- The Next Generation
“Do not trust the doubt you have in yourself and that you have in God. The doubt is not the truth.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)