My wee annemarie head and heart has been thinking a little bit….. and there’s more….. gosh there’s always more.
I’d always heard that fear holds the power to stop me loving other people. That perfect love casts out fear and all that. But it never made sense. Sounds nice though. Ha. Fear. This word always crops up for me.. Like every day. Maybe it’s just me but.. What even is it? In its best form it keeps us from doing stupid things, it keeps us alive. In its worst form it cramps us up in a horrid plain old cardboard type box, stuck, unable to do.. anything. Yuck. Every now and then I think… it needs a check up. A rebalance.
So where does love come into all this? Love. He is love. He is. He loved with no barriers. He still does. Sometimes.. maybe it’s hard to imagine his immense passionate love over us. Over you. Because we ourselves, we have so many barriers towards really loving other people.. Like fear. Fear of not being wanted. So we do not try. Fear of offering help to the lady trying to take her groceries up the driveway, because ..well she may not want it. Fear of talking to the guy who sits by himself at the back of the room, because.. it may make us look silly. Perhaps its as simple as.. Fear of saying hello to him or her, because it may not come across well… Or.. Fear of even trying to help or serve someone who needs it, because, well you might just fail, so you just sit back and leave them to it, step back into that cardboard box. So safe in there. All these are just feeble attempts to keep ourselves safe… FEAR. It’s so yuck. It’s so ugly. It’s like love has had a plug shoved right into it. How do we break down the barriers? Howhowhow. Ah! Love needs to be set free!
He… loves you without the barriers. I feel as though that’s kinda revolutionary… He’s like ‘yeah i see you’re a bit messy, but hey my girl, but hey my man, you’re my favourite, i’m here, always will be’ He doesn’t care if it makes him look silly. He knows he may be rejected, but he see’s the pain and offers love.. right. where it’s needed. He takes the risk. Love takes risks. He took the biggest risk of all. Gave up his own life to see you living free, to see you see his truth and live in his love. To see a new kind of reality. He took that risk of being rejected because his heart is so beautifully in love with you. His heart is love. He IS love. But pure love. Not watered down by fear, or selfishness, or jealousy.. or anything. He IS love. He is not at all worried about protecting himself. And that is.. ours. What! I just wanna understand that a wee bit more? Maybe the more understanding we have of it, love becomes easier to offer without the ugly type of fear in the way? He’s the safe place. Not the cardboard box.It’s boring in there anyway.
I reckon that’s just one way fear plugs up love. Or more like.. I reckon that’s how perfect love casts out fear. He said that after all. Maybe we should listen. With his perfect love in us, in understanding it a little more, fear will flee a little more, just like light in a dark room. The more light there is, the less darkness there will be…
Be brave you beautiful people. You are livewires, you are full of incredibly rad stuff. Full of talent, good looks, smiles that light up rooms in your own kinda way, hearts that care about things noone else cares about in quite the same way, twinkly eyes that can see the world in a way noone else does, passions to use and accomplish things noone else can.. Don’t let fear stop you from making brave steps only you were meant to take. What if you were the only one who was able to? Because, maybe you are. Perhaps you were made to do something in a way only you can do it….. I think that possibly could have been the plan from day 1.
It’s a beautiful thing. He made you into beautiful things. Embrace don’t hate. Ha.
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
“Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.”