All Shook Up!
Remember the Elvis song, “All shook up”? “I’m in love…I’m all shook up.”
Leaders of all kinds are seemingly wanting us to be “All Shook Up”…but not because of love.
Tweets start twittering tongues from news sources, and social media. There is no love in tweets from celebrities, politicians, or friends.
There are real threats and false threats, genuine news, and “false truth’s”. Molehills are made to look like mountains and mountains ignored. There is much ado about nothing.
And so we react instead of responding. To react is to blame or excuse, to become distant instead of drawing close, to hoard not share, to be unapproachable not approachable. The stomach churns, the hair on the back of the neck stand up and emotions take over our thinking.
What does the Bible have to say about responding to pervasive fear.
“Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:2
First, who is the person telling you about the future? How do they live? What matters is their life. Their character is more important than their words. People can say anything but character is a matter of day to day life.
Unfortunately, there are those who will say anything to take advantage of your emotions or money. Learn about a persons character before listening to their words.
Listen for humility.
Do they accept irritations with good humor? Do they refuse to dwell on the faults of others? Do they speak as little as possible about themselves? Do they build bridges of peace instead of walls of division?
Do they accept people as they are, just as Christ accepted us, and gave himself for us?
There are no magic words or secret handshakes to enter the Kingdom of God. “For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.” Gal 5:6 Msg
Don’t compare yourselves with others or be impressed with yourself. (Msg Galatians 6:5)
If a leader gets caught up in minutia and loves to argue over things that do not matter, extricate yourself. Leaders are called to be purveyors of hope, not anxiety.
There is nothing to be gained in being, “All Shook Up”
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15