By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lies That Hold Us Back

There is no way that I can give an exhaustive list of the false assumptions, fears, and lies that hold us back from flourishing as our Creator means for us to flourish. I recall the lyrics of a Christian song in which the singer expresses his desire to be the child that God created him to be. What can stand in the way?

1. An irrational fear of the unfavorable opinions of others. Many of those others don't have a clue about God's plan for themselves, much less of God's plan for you.

2. An irrational emphasis on the worst possible outcomes as we contemplate daring courses of action. If it works, great. If it doesn't, Adonai (Hebrew for "Lord") will reward us in unexpected ways just for trying in good faith.

3. Failure to see that what we really fear in many situations is injury to our pride and vanity. With genuine humility that gives detachment from fearing such "ego-injuries," we gain a freedom, boldness, and peace which is our Christian inheritance. If we are ready to humble ourselves, few mishaps can really destroy us. Contrary to what we may usually assume, humility is the best protection when things go wrong.

4. A refusal to believe that Adonai will send others to us who will reach out and love us when we need help. This refusal often results in looking a gift horse in the mouth when we turn away in fear from others who seek to come to our aid.

Add to the list and be liberated from the lies that hold us back from being the child Adonai created us to be--a child of joy, hope, peace, and trust.