I discovered Robert Wicks when I heard him interviewed. He was talking over the radio about overcoming anxieties and helping others at the same time. A book that Wicks wrote is called Streams of Contentment. I ran out and bought it – one of the best self-help books I’ve read in a long time. I wrote a blog about this — click HERE to read.
RIDING THE DRAGON.
Now I’m reading another small book by Robert J. Wicks called Riding the Dragon. The sub-title says, Ten lessons for inner strength in troubling times. His concept is simple: don’t hide from the dragon (your troubles) but instead face the dragon head on, get on its back and ride it!
A couple nights ago I was feeling seriously anxious about a number of things when I read the chapter about finding love. It helped my perspective – it really helped! Here are some bullet points by way of summary:
• In regard to others in our lives, don’t take people for granted and miss the power of their wonderful support. This can change our attitude and behavior toward them.
• Its easy to miss the precious daily opportunities to love others, especially when we are preoccupied with our own problems.
• We often get so quickly lost in our own schedules, needs and little problems, that we can’t respond in a generous, genuine, and helpful way. This is very sad because we are capable of so much good.
• People who are truly sensitive to others find their hearts filled with peace and joy.
• Surprisingly, this is more a sin of the wealthy than the poor; more apt to be a fault of the religious elite than those of simple faith.
• How sad when we miss opportunities to encourage and support each other because we are lost in our own world of tasks and agendas.
• This is sad because the combination of good support from friends and a deep, dynamic relationship with God can help us to move through even the darkest moments in ways we never expected.
• Great love is more often found in small deeds done than large actions about which we only dream.
A CHALLENGING STORY
The chapter concludes with a touching story told by a pastoral student who lost her child after a long illness. The story jolted me:
One Lenten season when I was struggling with my daughter’s illness, I tried to focus on Christ’s sacrifice. As I drove along I prayed, “Thank you God for sending your son to die for me.” In less than a moment I was answered with, “Thank you for taking care of Becky.”
It was a very real moment, and I know it was the Holy Spirit who spoke within me. I will never forget the split-second feeling I had of God’s vulnerability. It came and went so quickly it was almost as if it hadn’t happened. He was trusting me to take care of one of his own lambs. When I meditate on that time now I find myself asking, “What was it like for God when my daughter died?”
The story jolted me because I lost a step-daughter, Staci, a few years ago to cancer.
I would sincerely appreciate any feedback you would care to give on this whole topic, as it’s one that is ripe for discussion. If you are willing, please share your personal thoughts in the Comment box at the bottom of the blog. Thank you and God bless you.
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“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things”.
[Book of Luke, chapter 10.]