Most people don’t like horror movies. This is because majority of us hate the sight of blood and the idea of violence, but most importantly, the thought of wickedness from the soul scares us to the point of paralysis. And that is the key to real fear; the thought of being unable to prevent something unpleasant happening to you. Watching events unfold in a horror flick is exciting to some, reason being that at the back of their minds they know that it is a make-believe world born out of the creative imagination of a storyteller. After the credits roll, you go right back to your safe, comfortable life…right?
Why am I writing about scary movies? Well, I’m faced with a scary thought right now. Tomorrow I’m going in for knee replacement surgery to treat my severe osteo-arthritis. I have mentioned my condition several times in my articles, and now I’m finally taking the bull by the horns and doing something about it. Am I terrified? Yes. But in spite of my fear, I’m grateful for what I have been able to enjoy and achieve with the use of my legs. I have mastered several fighting arts; I have taken part in many fighting competitions and won some of them; I have trained several great athletes, and played many sports. When I think about all these things, I don’t feel so much fear anymore. I think that is the only true antidote for fear…gratitude. I’m a bit of a fan of the horror movie genre – from the slasher films, to the ones about predatory animals going on murderous rampage, to the psychological thrillers about purely evil supernatural entities torturing the minds and bodies of men. My favorite scary movies of all time is the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise where a devilish spirit called Freddy Kreuger stalks and murders his victims in their sleep (spoiler alert!). What I find familiar about the films’ premise is this; the villain feeds on the fear of the children, and grows more powerful. When the children lose their fear of him, he becomes powerless to hurt them and that is why he employs emotional torture as part of his strategy. Does this remind you of some real life evil we all face?
The key to true power as a Christian is not in religious artifacts or loud declarations. True spiritual power lies in sincere praise and a grateful attitude. When you’re grateful for the ones God has done for you, that is when you can access His unlimited power to do more. When you appreciate the life you have, that is when you receive the grace and opportunity to achieve the life you want. When you face challenges with a grateful heart, your fears will melt away and you will soar above them gloriously. Any number of things may happen tomorrow, but I’m more concerned about being grateful for today. So unlock your power over fear by looking back at what has been with an attitude of gratitude. Use what you have today to better your life and the lives of those around you, and tomorrow will bring you good thoughts and fond memories. Remember to use all you have; all your energy, all your emotion, all your enthusiasm, all your faith, all your power, all your love, and whatever fear you may have in your heart will give way. I wish you a wonderful week ahead, and many more victories. Remember that when you carry gratitude in your heart you won’t have any more room to entertain fear, and whatever you do not fear does not have a real power over you. Namaste!
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