Thursday, September 03, 2009

Max Lucado's (from his book Fearless)

We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. We sophisticate investment plans, create elaborate security systems, and legislate stronger military, yet we depend on mood-altering drugs more than any other generation in history. Moreover, “ordinary children today are more fearful than psychiatric patients were in the 1950s.”

Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No.

Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and un-productive. For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.


Cyndi said...

Another Good one - I think I had better read this book - can you pass it on when you are done?

PS - love the pics of your kids - they are adorable!

Shaun and Holly said...

This blew me away: "ordinary children today are more fearful than psychiatric patients were in the 1950's."~ WOW! ~

I want to buy this book too.A friend of mine is reading it and sharing some quotes with me. Sounds fantastic and I really have enjoyed his other books, although it has been 6 years or so since I have read any of his work. I think the last one was: "In the Grip of Grace".


Shaun and Holly said...

Thanks re. the kid's...they are pretty cute all right! : )