May 9 Reflections

Rudyard Kipling’s most famous poem was simply entitled “If.” A small piece of that poem is printed below.

“If you can keep your head when all about you
   Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
   But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
   Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
   And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

Yours is the earth and everything in it…”

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…yours is the earth and everything in it. In words I like to use if you can be the least anxious person in the midst of a group filled with anxiety, your self-regulation will lead to freedom not only for yourself but some others as well. I think the life perspective series offers us a way to keep our heads when everyone is losing theirs…or a perspective to be the least anxious person.  Life is hard because everything is broken. God is good. He brings substantial healing to the broken pieces of our lives. Glory is coming where all things will be made new. Therefore, we can stand firm in faith. In other words, “keep our heads when everyone is losing theirs.”

We need this in the world in which we live where so many things fight against us being emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. So many forces seek to tear us down, not build us up. God speaks these words: “stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13) These words based in our relationship with God, who is good, fights against unhealthy influences in our lives; that in the face of the hardest things we can stand firm.  We are going to think about this on Sunday. Some passages to read: 1 Corinthians16:13-14; Ephesians 6:10-17.

Grace upon Grace,

Verlyn