Bullhead

Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding…. Psalms 32-9.

Suzy accuses me of sometimes having a bull head or being stubborn like a mule. She is usually right in her assessment. I begin to think I know better than the laws of gravity, physical limitations, or common sense usually with disastrous results.
The material world often has the bull head as well. It often thinks its way is the only way even if it runs counter to God’s way. God’s way is full of compassion, grace, and love for one’s neighbor. God’s way is there to save us from ourselves and our bullheads.

Action

At some point, at some time we are each called to act. Each call is different, sometimes we are confused about which path to take, but we know one thing it is time to act.
In Jeremiah 6:16 we are told “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.”
When that time comes, and it always does, trust in God first and foremost. The right action will be revealed.

Fear and Anxiety

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.  — Proverbs 27:1

Age and wisdom teach us all how true the words above are. Experience has certainly taught me to “knock on wood” whenever I say I am doing “just fine.”
But the words above shouldn’t make us unsteady or fearful. We definitely shouldn’t seek refuge in material things that bring us a false sense of security.
Our life should never be driven by fear or anxiety, Christ constantly reminded us. We are called to respond to each and every day by being “strong and courageous.” (Deut. 31:23).

Light and Dark

Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. — Psalms 97:11

Depression inclines us to want to live in darkness. We say we want to stay home. We want to avoid others. It is a disease that thrives best in the dark and when we are alone.
When we have a passion for light depression cannot survive for long. Consider dancing your life always in the light and sunshine, consider inviting another to join you in your dance.
But just as importantly don’t let someone else’s affinity for the dark draw you to darkness as well. Always seek where the light is brightest in one’s life, in one’s faith, and in one’s heart.