Tuesday, January 11, 2011

May Your Spirit be Triumphant

If you've been following my blog, you will have noticed that my last two posts have been about fear. The first one was sparked by a coworker's experience in Haiti after the election announcements in December.

So, I thought I'd encourage you to go check out Brandy's recent posts at Haiti: Rising from the Rubble. The first one is May Your Spirit be Triumphant. The second one is That One Thing. Check back since there will be 2 more posts by her.

It's so easy to allow fear to paralyze us. Even the small fears. While fear can be a healthy thing and keep us from entering unsafe situations, it can also prevent us from forging forward for the Kingdom of God. That's what I love about her first post, May Your Spirit be Triumphant. She talks about that battle in herself between her flesh/fear and her spirit/call from God.

There are new things to fear revealed weekly in my family's lives and I keep telling myself what Jesus said to his disciples. “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Mountains Out of Molehills

Okay, so maybe I'm a little to interested in fear right now. But I saw a cool illustration today and had to share it.

A blog I like to follow is called Information is Beautiful. It's by a man who's agency specializes in creating beautiful and easy to read images depicting boring statistical information.

His latest post is a marvelous revision of his Mountains Out of Molehills graphic. He has visualized what people have/are afraid of as opposed to what actually happens over the past decade. Click back and forth (bottom right of the graphic) to see the things we obsess over and what actually happens.

Optimists are gonna love it. We worry about a lot of things that never happen and too much about things that rarely happen.

What the pessimists will notice is that we don't worry enough about killer wasps.