I Was Thinking…
As I rode into work I was stopped at a traffic light beside a Cobb County school bus. I noticed the camera mounted on its’ side and thought to myself “How sad!” Sad that we live in a day and time that requires we have security cameras inside and outside of school buses. Inside and outside of the transportation vehicles that transport our children to and from school.
Security has become big business in this world that is haunted by fear at every turn. One could say that the terrorists have already won the fight. We live in alarmed houses; drive alarmed vehicles, shop at security photographed stores and our children learn in security ridden schools. Millions, no Billions of dollars are spent each and every year on our security. It is necessary but it is very sad.
One of my favorite scripture verses (and I have many) is Romans 8:15 & 16. These are the words of the Apostle Paul, “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness that we are children of God…”
It seems to me that growing in relationship with our ‘Abba Father’ is what equips us to conquer fear. When we stay in tune with God’s Spirit then the spirit of fear’s control loosens its grip on us. While I desire to be cautious in this world when it comes to protecting me and my family, I don’t want to be a slave to fear. Nor do you.
I love the quote attributed to Oliver Cromwell but actually came first from William Blacker which says “Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry!” I will secure my home at night. I will be aware of my surroundings in public places. I will help make this world as safe a place as possible for my grandchildren but I refuse to be a slave to fear. I can do this because I know the one who has overcome the world. So can you.