Changes take courage. It’s scarey to break the mold we find ourselves living in. Even if a life condition is not good for us, we may be tempted to remain in the muck and lose our vitality, drawing up like a prune. A pasted smile, industrious activities, and obsession to temporal details are the superimposed situations encircling our frightened souls. We hope they keep out the Recluse Spider prototypes. You know, those thought monsters that hide, but bite, stinking us in the most tender, vulnerable places without remorse. The effects of these thought monsters are callous, working hard to keep us from enjoying the warm sunshine falling on our faces, sound of soft rain tapping on our windowsills, and the splendor of a warm beverage in front of a crackling fireplace with someone(s) special (spouse, family, friend, etc.) –enraptured in the moment.
But when enough is finally ENOUGH? We’re sick and tired of playing it safe? Yes, it’s time for us to be BOLD. It’s finally time to SELL our Teddy Bears–those situations we hid in to protect our selves–and be REAL. My Teddy Bear and Me. The relationship is over. I will be bold. He (she/it) will be sold.
Teddy Bears in our lives can be relationships, commitments to jobs at hand that we hide behind–when we know the job is not good for us and we can do better, or maybe the Bear is our defeating thought-patterns? The teddy bear often is a relationship, but the snuggle bug may be a work habit we insist on holding close to feel complete– even though we are coming to realize it is not completing us– but depleting us. And if it’s thought-patterns? They have much dominion over our lives, composed of just the right gear bits to grab us where it hurts, move us to the slimy path of enslavement, and choke off the stream of love placed in our hearts by God.
“But I’m scared!”
That’s exactly right, but just for a season.
Changes can be anxiety-provoking in two ways: Fear of failure can pump us up with so much adrenalin and induce panic in our hearts. Scarey.
And fear of success? It can be scarey, too.
But I love the saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
There’s a lot to be said about that quote. After all, who wants to embed themselves in a shallow/destructive relationship, serve on a job when we can have something better, and accept/practice harmful thoughts that drive joy and laughter away when we can choose better and live better?
My Teddy Bear and me? I was bold. It was sold.
Frankly speaking, I’m still in the process, with God’s help, to keep them out of my life–except for the one on my shelf–for decor.