Sunday, October 30, 2022
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline —2 Timothy 1:7
Terrified people make terrible decisions. Terror and fear make you irresponsible. They make you not think very clearly, and they make you willing to do almost anything to get rid of that awful feeling. And we’ve seen people do that on the individual level, and we’ve seen cultures do that. And we’ve seen politicians who find ways to exploit terror and fear in order to get short-term power—or sometimes, long-term power, because if you can figure out how to hold the reins of other people’s fear, then you can control them for a while.
And so one of the very most powerful ways to not end up being controlled by that is to remain more curious than you are afraid. I think any time in the community that there’s anybody who’s keeping their head, I think it’s a benefit to everyone around them. I think everything is contagious. Our fear is contagious, but our courage also is. And our courage makes other people be able to be more brave and come out of their houses and come out of their shells and out of their fear. —Elizabeth Gilbert, On Being, July 7, 2016 with Krista Tippett, Choosing Curiosity Over Fear
Give us curiosity, courage, and an invitation to walk out away from this fear. Amen. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster