Don’t Give In to Those Who Motivate by Fear
Fear of the other, fear of those not like us, fear of the strange and unfamiliar – these can be strong motivators when wielded by people with an agenda.
Don’t follow the agenda of fear.
In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear … .
(1 John 4:17-18.)
Everyone has two choices: become what you fear or become what you love.
You become what you fear by thinking you can oppose it by mirroring it. Do you fear something or someone hateful? You can try to keep them away by hating them back. Are they filled with anger and spite? You can be spiteful and angry too. Are they spewing vitriol and lies? You can spew your own vitriolic lies.
You become what you love by mirroring it as well. Do you love kindness and peace and graciousness and compassion? Do you love wisdom and strength of character and perseverance in the face of hardship? Be like the mirror which receives light and reflects what is borne in the light so that others see it as well.
You reflect this in your actions, in your choices, in your thoughts and in your words.
You have a choice. Become what you love.
[There are usually more than two choices of course. This post is about when someone is finding themselves deciding between the two particular areas of fear and love. Also, it should not be taken as giving glib advice to people suffering under oppression, abuse or other dire hardships; that would be a completely different blog post with much more situation-specific advice.]