Sometimes life gets slipped into weird shapes and experiences. Although, despite the tendencies to run into and prevail over the most complex and difficult circumstances. It reminds me of one of my own personal favorite quotes. An author who has become rather well-known for creating the complex world inhabited by hobbits, dwarves, elves, and many more mysterious creatures also had incredible insight into humanity.
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” -J.R.R. Tolkien,
Throughout life we are told to fit in, and even if we are never told those words exactly, we learn that there are consequences if we do not fit in. Its no small wonder that children spend so much time worrying about how they look or what others think about them. As we grow older, this instinct and desire to fit in only becomes stronger. Are we really any different other than having grown a few inches or lived a little longer?
We act the same, we desire much the same love and belonging, the only change is from where we find and seek this acceptance. Our sources become more complex, more mature, but we still search for a place where we can find purpose and belonging.
As a young child, I tried to convince myself that I didn’t care what others thought. The truth was, I spent most of my time trying to keep up with what other people thought. However, many influential people were able to show me how difficult and harmful this type of thought can be. My brother, always one to be the comedian in any situation, memorized a quote that I love:
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” -Elbert Hubbard
Life is not something to be lived in fear of what others think. Life is a gift, something to be enjoyed, to be protected, and to be lived with its fullest potential. To squander gifts is a terrible waste of talent. Although sometimes we feel as if we can’t do anything. How would we live at all without a reason? Life itself can be trivialized, treated as a game, or even thrown away.
How do we combat these problems?
Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Psalm 89:33: “But I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.”
I know, its cliche to simply list a bunch of verses. But take a look at what they say. But life, though should not be taken too seriously, is something given to us for a reason. Blessed are those who make peace, not war. There are more people here than just ourselves. Who are you here for?
Be blessed today.