stories November 21, 2010

What Should I Fear?

I used to live in perpetual fear of losing things I had, or never having the things I hoped to acquire. 
What if I lose my hair?
What if I never get a big house?
What if I become overweight, out of shape, or unattractive?
What if I lose my job?
What if I am disabled and cannot play ball with my child?
What if I get old and frail and have nothing to offer those around me?
But life teaches those who listen, and now I know:
If I loose my hair, I will be the best bald guy I can be, and I will be grateful that my head can stimulate ideas, if not follicles.
A house does not make a person happy.  The unhappy heart will not find contentment in a bigger house.  The heart that is merry, however, will make any home a happy one.
If I spend more time developing my emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions, rather than focusing solely on my physical self, I will be more beautiful with each passing day.
If I cannot work for wages, I will work for the Lord–and his benefits package is unmatched.
If I am physically unable to teach my child to throw a curve ball, I will have more time to teach him how to handle the curves thrown by life, and this shall make him serve better. 
And if aging robs my strength, mental alertness and physical stamina, I will offer those around me the strength of my convictions, the depth of my love and the spiritual stamina of a soul that has been carefully shaped by the hard edges of a long life.
No matter what losses or broken dreams may lie in my destiny, I will meet each challenge with dignity and resolve.  For God has given me many gifts, and for each one that I may lose, I will find ten more that I never would have cultivated were the course of my life to always run smoothly.
And so, when I can no longer dance, than I will sing joyfully; when I haven’t the strength to sing, I will whistle with contentment; when my breath is shallow and weak, I will listen intently and shout love with my heart; and when the bright light approaches, I will pray silently until I cannot pray.  Then it will be time for me to go to the Lord.  And what then should I fear?

David L Weatherford