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THE WORD

Naked and Afraid

By Joseph Mavilia

We all come into the world naked and we go out the same way. To survive in a fallen world, the one we live in, there are many pitfalls of life to be dealt with. Here are but a few.

  1. Ungodly parents, family, friends, and culture
  2. Walking in the Dark
  3. Human imperfection
  4. Lions Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
  5. And other Endless enemies

A friend’s Grandpa imparted simple wisdom when he would repeat “Think, my boy, Think”.

And it was Henry Ford who is quoted as saying: “thinking is the hardest work that’s why so few people do it”

So, I guess they were both alluding to the fact that we must participate in the thought process to move forward in understanding. We must dialogue with our fellow man to test the truth of our ideas. In that communication, there is hope yet that we will shed light on our world in turmoil, generation to generation. When we talk and commune together, we learn we all share the same hopes and dreams for a better life. It sheds light on our oneness in the human family. We learn that if we don’t live in the light, we are destined to wander around in the dark.

If we are brought up in a world to believe in the world view guided by ungodliness, we are conditioned to ignore our creator who gave us His word to remind us of the difference between Light and Darkness.

Christ said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me”. He also used the phrase, “Light of the World” to describe himself and his disciples in the New Testament. The phrase is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and John. It is closely related to the parables of “Salt and Light” and that “no man, when he hath lighted a lamp, covers it… but rather he puts it on a lampstand, that whoever enters may see the light…”

I believe that no man finds God, that is light, unless he applies thought to the word and in turn, will always do the right thing. Mark Twain said it this way: “Always do the right thing, it will gratify some and astonish the rest”.

Finding God happens when you decide to walk toward the light and enter the door which He leaves open for each of us. But beware there are many stumbling blocks along the way. Be strong and determined because success depends on never quitting.  And be prepared for the battles of life that ensue. The bible tells us to “Gird up your loins for battle”. And every day we must remember “This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it”. Psalm 118:24.

You must also have the desire, the drive, and strength of good character to make the right decisions. And make no mistake, following the light leads to God’s plan, which is always better than the plans of mice and men. If we are not in the light the Lord provides, we will find ourselves in the shadows where death and deception dwells. That connection leads to bad decisions so don’t go there. It is the domain of your enemy.

A favorite saying that my friends and I recite often is that it is costly wisdom that is bought by experience and experience is the name everyone gives their mistakes. And I think we all know there are no do-overs allowed for most mistakes we make in our lives.

However, if we are granted the wisdom of Solomon, through prayer answered, no do-overs would ever be needed.

If you pray without ceasing it may be possible to avoid so many pains of life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 puts it this way:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.

And in the final analysis, it may be that prayer is the only hope for the current modern age in which we live.

The good news is that there is no need to be afraid because fear is a state of mind and when we lean on God’s understanding rather than our own, all things work together for good even if some things are meant for evil.

A final word, “feed your faith and your fears will starve to death” and when you do feed your faith you are truly leaning on the understanding of God and following his plan for your life. You may be Naked in the world, but you need not be Afraid.

Submitted by Joe Mavilia, author, journalist, syndicated columnist published in print media including the Los Angeles Times, The Golden Transcript – Colorado, La Feria News – Texas, The Pasadena Weekly – California, and others around the country, including www.autolove.com,  Contributing editor www.theweekenddrive.com, Content writer for www.conventionofstates.com, and columnist of Caprock Patriot.

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